January 6, 2012
Ants Programmed to Become 'Supersoldiers'
Victoria Gill, BBC News
Ants can be programmed to become "supersoldiers", according to an international team of researchers.
All ant colonies are made up of insects of different "castes", including soldiers and workers. This team worked out how to "trick" developing ant larvae to turn into a rare and unusual supersoldier caste.
The breakthrough, the researchers say, reveals that hidden traits could be unlocked in many species.
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