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How to make a social insect

Nature volume 443, pages 919920 (26 October 2006) | Download Citation


The profound biological changes that lofted the honeybee to an advanced state of social organization are reflected in its newly sequenced genome. The species can now be studied all the way from molecule to colony.

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  1. Edward O. Wilson is at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138–2902, USA.

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