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Infected Ants Chemically Attract Workers to Destroy Them
Jim Daley | Apr 1, 2018
Social insects kill infected individuals for the benefit of the colony—and now a study has shown how they know who’s sick.
Researchers Grow “Frankenstein Ants” to Study Epigenetics
Jeffrey M. Perkel | Oct 1, 2016
A molecular biologist ventures into entomology to use genetically modified ants as laboratory models of behavioral epigenetics.
Methylation’s Role in Eusocial Insect Behavior Questioned
Catherine Offord | Jan 22, 2016
Researchers re-examine the evidence for DNA methylation as the cause of behavioral differences among social insects.
Slippery When Wet
Jenny Rood | Jan 14, 2015
Carnivorous pitcher plants gobble more ants by turning off their traps in dry weather.
The Genetics of Society
Claire Asher and Seirian Sumner | Jan 1, 2015
Researchers aim to unravel the molecular mechanisms by which a single genotype gives rise to diverse castes in eusocial organisms.
Connecting the Dots
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 1, 2014
Extending her initial studies of social wasps, Mary Jane West-Eberhard has spent her career probing the evolutionary relationship between social behavior and developmental flexibility.
Abby Olena | Feb 6, 2014
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Week in Review: January 13–17
Tracy Vence | Jan 17, 2014
Debating the origins of placental mammals;
-human coevolution; ant, bee, and wasp queens emit similar pheromones; profiling protein expression in single cancer cells
The Shared Perfumes of Queens
Ed Yong | Jan 16, 2014
Ant, bee, and wasp queens emit a similar class of pheromones that sterilize their workers, hinting at a shared ancestry for these chemicals.
From Parasites to Protectors
Dan Cossins | Sep 9, 2013
Socially parasitic ants can serve as protective symbionts for their fungus-growing hosts in the face of attacks by predatory raiding species.