• Single molecule controls unusual ants' switch from worker to queen-like status

    1 month ago - By ScienceDaily

    Depending on the outcome of social conflicts, ants of the species Harpegnathos saltator do something unusual: they can switch from a worker to a queen-like status known as gamergate. Now, researchers have made the surprising discovery that a single protein, called Kr-h1, responds to socially regulated hormones to orchestrate this complex social transition.
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