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Evolutionary biology

To work or not to work

Coercion, not kinship, often determines who acts altruistically in an insect colony. But underlying affinities for kin emerge when coercion is removed: kin selection is what turns suppressed individuals into altruists.

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Figure 1: Queen control.

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Queller, D. To work or not to work. Nature 444, 42–43 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1038/444042a

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