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Worker ants vault to queenly rank after just one gene turns on

A Harpegnathos saltator worker ant captured in an aggressive display with open mandibles.

Gamergate-in-waiting: a Jerdon’s jumping ant worker can attain queenly status if it vanquishes other workers in fights. Credit: Karl Glastad/Berger Lab

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Nature 599, 182 (2021)



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