Methylation turns a wannabe bumblebee into a queen
By Bethany Brookshire, 15:08 PM February 25, 2014
Bumblebees in an established hive live a high school rom-com social life. At the center table is the queen bee, surrounded by males that she created. On the outskirts sit the worker-bee nerds, all female, doomed to never get a date or form a hive of their own. But as in the movie Mean Girls, when the queen bee goes down, sometimes a worker has a chance to claw her way toward the throne. Which wannabee rises to the top is more than personality or fashion sense. It’s a matter of epigenetics.
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