Decoding How Bees Work

Analyzing the DNA code of honeybees may lead to a better understanding of bee societies.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM October 27, 2006

Bees have a lifestyle that would be difficult for people to imitate. Like termites and ants, only a few members of the group have babies, but everyone else chips in to work and take care of the little ones.

Scientists have long wondered what makes these super-social insects tick. Now, they have some important clues. A group of researchers has recently decoded the genome, or entire set of genes, of the western honeybee.

A honeybee visits an aster.

A honeybee visits an aster.

Zachary Huang

Genes are made of the molecule DNA,...

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