by Yehuda Ben-Shahar
| Apr. 18, 2012
The pattern of conservation across species suggests that micro-RNAs are important regulators of social behavior not just during the bee's lifetime but also over evolutionary time, according to this Washington University study.
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Yehuda Ben-Shahar, PhD, assistant professor of biology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, in an article published in the online edition of Genes, Brain and Behavior, he and his colleagues from Washington University, the University of Delaware, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the Institute for System Biology in Seattle, demonstrate that the division of labor among honeybees coincides with the presence in their brains of tiny snippets of noncoding RNA that suppress the expression of genes. Enterprising lengthy article, highly informative, and educative.