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Gene-editing-induced changes in ant social communication

20:00 EDT 9 Aug 2017 | AAAS

(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) This week, in a pair of papers published in Cell, researchers turned to an ant species -- the Indian jumping ant -- that does not behave like most ants. In this species any female worker can change into a 'pseudo-queen,' in the absence of the true queen and establish dominance on her colony. They genetically engineered this species in different ways using now-famous CRISPR technology that dramatically changed their social and reproductive behavior.

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