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Wasps use ancient aggression genes to create social groups
Date:2/10/2014

to conduct experiments in which they will manipulate the expression of single genes to see how they affect behavior.

"One thing we would like to investigate is what will happen if we ramp up expression of one of the genes involved in aggression," Toth said. "Can we create hyper-aggressive wasps? This type of question allows us to go beyond correlation between the gene and the behavior and address causation. Does the gene of interest actually cause aggressive behavior?"

Grozinger added, "If there are hyper-aggressive wasps, what effect does that have on wasp society?"


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Contact: A'ndrea Elyse Messer
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Penn State
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