After more than 20 years of speculation about what scientists call green-beard genesgenes with variations that allow the bearers to recognize each other and team upresearchers may have found such a gene, which drives fire ants to kill queens of certain genetic types.
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Dawkins, R. 1989. The Selfish Gene. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Additional information about mechanisms of selection and the selfish gene theory can be found at http://bionet.ucsc.edu/people/barrylab/public_html/classes/animal_behavior/LEVELS.HTM#anchor185882.
University of Lausanne
Bātiment de Biologie
Institute of Zoology and Animal Ecology
Kenneth G. Ross
University of Georgia
Department of Entomology
Athens, GA 30602-2603
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