How Epigenetics Can Affect Ants’ Behavior: A GIF to briefly capture results from Simola et al., where epigenetics changes to the brains of “soldier” ants caused them to behave more like “forager” ants.
Epigenetic (re)programming of caste-specific behavior in the ant Camponotus floridanus
Epigenetic control of caste-specific foraging In carpenter ants, separate behavioral classes, known as castes, are determined by the epigenetic regulation of genes. Simola et al. treated ants of different castes with drugs that affected histone acetylation. Reducing histone acetylation stimulated scouting and foraging behavior. The foraging and scouting behaviors of young ants were permanently changed by directly injecting their brains with histo...
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