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Behavioral genetics: a gene for supersociality

Keller, L. and Parker, J.D. (2002) Behavioral genetics: a gene for supersociality Current Biology, 12, (5), pp. 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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Published date: 1 March 2002


Local EPrints ID: 56584
ISSN: 0960-9822
PURE UUID: 04550922-8c26-4d9d-a1c9-24834808e47e

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Date deposited: 07 Aug 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:30

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Author: L. Keller
Author: J.D. Parker

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