Behavioral genetics: a gene for supersociality

Keller, L. and Parker, J.D. (2002) Behavioral genetics: a gene for supersociality. Current Biology, 12, (5), 180-181. (doi:10.1016/S0960-9822(02)00737-6).


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In the fire ant, the number of queens per colony is determined by the workers’ Gp-9 genotype. This gene has been found to encode an odorant binding protein, which probably influences workers’ abilities to recognize queens and regulate their numbers. Remarkably, the same gene seems to control social organization in three other closely related species.

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Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/S0960-9822(02)00737-6
ISSNs: 0960-9822 (print)
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Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Biological Sciences
ePrint ID: 56584
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1 March 2002Published
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:37

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