Ant Study Shows Link Between Single Gene, Colony FormationPublication: National Geographic News Date: January 24, 2002 View Article
The complex group behavior of social insects such as ants and bees has long intrigued scientists and other observers. This activity is thought to be shaped by a combination of factors, including genetics, learning, and the environment. But a new study shows that when it comes to fire ants, a single gene plays a major role.
The finding may offer important insight to researchers who are working to determine what genes influence social behavior in people.