Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Civilization OS 2.0: super-efficient robots

Phys Org | Team reprograms social behavior in carpenter ants using epigenetic drugs

In Florida carpenter ant colonies, distinct worker castes called minors and majors exhibit pronounced differences in social behavior throughout their lives. In a new study published today in 
Science, a multi-institution team anchored at University of Pennsylvania found that these caste-specific behaviors are not set in stone. Rather, this pioneering study shows that social behavior can be reprogrammed, indicating that an individual's epigenetic, not genetic, makeup determines behavior in ant colonies.

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