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Press Release 06-157

Newly Discovered Genes, Brain Chemicals Likely Play a Role in Complex Bee Behavior

May lead to better understanding of human behavior

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The 1 million neurons in the brain of a honey bee control and array of complex social behaviors.

The 1 million neurons in the brain of a honey bee control an array of complex social behaviors, from babysitting to highly choreographed communication dances. Scientists are sorting through the insect's recently sequenced genome to find genes that play a role in the behaviors.

Credit: Scott Bauer, Agricultural Research Service, USDA


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