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One Gene Determines Bee Social Status

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Science  26 Apr 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5568, pp. 636
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5568.636

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On page 741, entomologists report that stay-at-home honey bees turn into foragers when a gene called for turns on. The gene is best known for its role in mediating fruit fly behavior--specifically, how actively a fruit fly seeks food. But for plays a much more complex role in bees than in fruit flies, controlling behavior during their development and, consequently, influencing their place in the hive's hierarchy.