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Researchers boost insect aggression by altering brain metabolism

August 5, 2014

image of a honey bee Scientists report they can crank up insect aggression simply by interfering with a basic metabolic pathway in the insect brain. Their study of fruit flies and honeybees shows a direct, causal link between brain metabolism (how the brain generates the energy it needs to function) and aggression. Full Story

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

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