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Genetics Unzipped: The genetics of society – how to be a queen bee

Posted by , on 25 August 2022

The Queen's head with a swipe of paint across her eyes and the words Queen Bee

“Imagine a society where female reproductive rights are a matter of state concern. Where working class females are actively suppressed from having their own children, and only the nobility are allowed to reproduce. I am, of course, talking about honey bees.”

Dr Sally Le Page

In the latest episode of the Genetics Unzipped podcast, Dr Sally Le Page looks at the genetics of societies, exploring how genes underpin the rigid social structures and roles in bees, and how they can rise up the ranks to become queen bee.

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