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The “working” ant from the “king” is distinguished by only one gene



The network has information about the amazing discovery of a group of scientists. They managed to find out that a single protein, called Kr-h1, is capable of organizing a real transition up the hierarchical ladder in ants.

It turned out that the result of social conflicts in ants of the species Harpegnathos saltator is able to “switch” them from worker to royal status.

And it is the Kr-h1 protein that keeps insects in the framework of the role that corresponds to them.

This protein regulates various genes in workers and gamers and prevents ants from engaging in “socially unacceptable” behaviors In other words, Kr-h1 is needed to maintain boundaries between social castes and to ensure that workers continue to work while past game gates continue to operate. like a queen.

Study authors

This new discovery is important primarily because it allows science to understand how important socially regulated hormones and gene regulation play in the ability of the animal brain to switch from one genetic regime and social caste to another.

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