Sunday, June 22, 2008

Study on Honeybees Provide Evidence on the Existence of 'Selfish Gene', 6/22/2008

An expert at The University of Western Ontario has unearthed strong evidence supporting British biologist Richard Dawkins' concept of the 'selfish gene', which was long accepted as fact decades ago.

Western biology professor Graham Thompson claims that he and Peter Oxley of the University of Sydney in Australia have for the first time isolated a region on the honey bee genome that houses the 'selfish' gene controlling sterility in female workers bees… [Editor's Note: The research will be published in the July issue of Genetics.]

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