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Promiscuity and sperm selection improves genetic quality in birds

Red JunglefowlNew research from the UEA's School of Biological Sciences has shown that females can maximise the genetic quality of their offspring by being promiscuous.

Researchers studied Red Junglefowl (the wild ancestor of the domestic chicken) in a collaborative project with the University of Oxford, Stockholm University and Linköping University.

Findings published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B reveal that mating with different males helps females produce offspring that are more resistant to diseases.

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