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Comparative transcriptomics reveals the conserved building blocks involved in parallel evolution of diverse phenotypic traits in ants [Genome Biology]

Keywords : social insects, caste differentiation, gene expression, parallel evolution, phenotypic plasticity, gene co-expression network

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Reproductive division of labor in eusocial insects is a striking example of a shared genetic background giving rise to alternative phenotypes, namely queen and worker castes. Queen and worker phenotypes play major roles in the evolution of eusocial insects. Their behavior, morphology and physiology underpin many ecologically relevant colony-level traits, which evolved in parallel in multiple species.(...)

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