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Unraveling ant genomes yields high hopes

Study may open doors to new insights into behavior, life-span in various species

Reporting on the sequencing of the first two ant genomes, scientists say their work can help them understand variations in appearance, biology and social roles within colonies as well as differences between ant species. The research, they say, could also clear a path to better understanding genes’ effects on social behavior, neurobiology and life-span in other animals.

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