Ant battles offer insights to gene expression

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PostFri Jun 20, 2014 8:22 pm » by Evildweeb

Ant battles offer insights to gene expression

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Researchers at North Carolina State University have found that a particular species of ant undergoes extreme physical changes during tournament-style battles to become the leader of a colony. The scientists discovered that hormonal changes in the brain trigger a physical transformation in the Indian jumping ant's body, turning it into a dominant fighting machine. Ben Gruber reports


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