A black and brown ant stands over various sizes of whitish purple, oval shaped larvae and yellow, oblong eggs
A Single Transcription Factor Changes Ants to Queens
The transcription factor can also drive the opposite transition depending on which hormone activates it, according to a new study.
ABOVE: Karl Glastad, Berger Lab
A Single Transcription Factor Changes Ants to Queens
A Single Transcription Factor Changes Ants to Queens

The transcription factor can also drive the opposite transition depending on which hormone activates it, according to a new study.

The transcription factor can also drive the opposite transition depending on which hormone activates it, according to a new study.

ABOVE: Karl Glastad, Berger Lab
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