Wasp Transcriptome Analysis Hints at Evolution of Social Behavior

Waspfrom GenomeWeb News

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Worker wasps have a more active transcriptome than queen wasps do, Seirian Sumner, a senior lecturer at the University of Bristol, and her colleagues reported in Genome Biology yesterday.

Workers, queens, and other social wasp castes share the same genome, but how that genome leads to alternative phenotypes like workers and queens is not fully known, especially as social wasps, and other social insects, are derived from non-social, solitary ancestors. In social wasps, queen wasps are responsibly mainly for reproduction while workers care for the offspring.

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