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Fast-evolving Genes Control Developmental Differences in Social Insects

September 19, 2011

fire ants A new study found that genes involved in creating different sexes, life stages and castes of fire ants and honeybees evolved more rapidly than genes not involved in these processes. The fast-evolving genes also exhibited elevated rates of evolution before they were recruited for development. Full Story

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