Friday, October 20, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

Scientists turn ants into 'supersoldiers'

Posted on Sunday, 8 January, 2012 | Comment icon 12 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: sxc.hu

 
A team of researchers has been able to turn developing ant larvae in to a new 'supersoldier' caste.

The ants conventionally have two castes - a solider caste and a worker caste, but by manipulating the developing larvae it was possible to produce a third caste of supersoldiers. The breakthrough research has revealed that not only can this be done in ants but that it may be possible to unlock similar hidden traits in other species as well.

"All ant colonies are made up of insects of different "castes", including soldiers and workers."

  View: Full article

 Source: BBC News


  Discuss: View comments (12)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by EdenKane on 8 January, 2012, 19:15
wtf. I saw the same movie, something about a hotel construction, maybe? And ever since I am totally grossed out by ants. Ugh, those giant heads. Bad, bad idea. I live too close to Long Island
Comment icon #4 Posted by Xanthurion2 on 8 January, 2012, 20:49
why?
Comment icon #5 Posted by aquatus1 on 9 January, 2012, 0:47
Didn't the **EDIT** idiots learn that messing with nature is dangerous! Africanized honey bees anyone? **Mind the language, Bulveye.** Well, asides from the unexpected migration, the Africanized honey bees do actually produce more honey, and do not require much different treatment than regular honey bees.
Comment icon #6 Posted by aquatus1 on 9 January, 2012, 0:51
why? Ah, yes, the infamous "Why?", the perfect question to ask, if honestly asked. The reason why is simply because it is the most efficient means of discovering the genetic connections in a given species. Chimeras are a treasure trove of data regarding DNA and its functions, and learning how they work in one species gives us direct paths to learning how to make them work in other species. A small tweak that allows a worker ant to turn into a massive soldier ant may hold the key to helping an fetus with an anemic disposition or calcium deficiency grow into a healthy child. And, on the plus sid... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by reggie2011 on 9 January, 2012, 2:58
why? because luke i am ur father,that and were growing up just like our parents the annunaki..aww how sweet
Comment icon #8 Posted by Xanthurion2 on 9 January, 2012, 6:15
Ah, yes, the infamous "Why?", the perfect question to ask, if honestly asked. The reason why is simply because it is the most efficient means of discovering the genetic connections in a given species. Chimeras are a treasure trove of data regarding DNA and its functions, and learning how they work in one species gives us direct paths to learning how to make them work in other species. A small tweak that allows a worker ant to turn into a massive soldier ant may hold the key to helping an fetus with an anemic disposition or calcium deficiency grow into a healthy child. And, on the plus side, we... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by aquatus1 on 9 January, 2012, 6:33
Well, I was speaking more generally, but yeah, the reaction in one species isn't necessarily going to be the same in another species. It will, however, give us a direction to look.
Comment icon #10 Posted by farandaway on 10 January, 2012, 6:10
We have enough trouble dealing with the little buggers we have now. Some things are better left alone. I will never forgive the little beasties for going after my COFFEE CUP. They must be stopped....
Comment icon #11 Posted by Muenzenhamster on 10 January, 2012, 13:00
why? "Dr Abouheif now has high hopes for the light that this has shed on the mechanism of evolution. He says that unlocking desirable ancestral features could be key to breeding crop plants with higher nutritional value or even tackling the mechanisms that cause cancer." -cut & pasted from the article.
Comment icon #12 Posted by The Unseen on 11 January, 2012, 5:26
Im all for it, If It is going towards a new direction for finding a cure for cancer then by all means Yes,I know some of you think it's another way for someone to make a super ant but that is not what they are doing,It is leading to a new way to find a key in human DNA to reverse the gene that causes cancer,they only just now found a way to be able to open something that nature closed down proving that it is also most likely able to shut a gene down too "CANCER GENE",better to use an ant than a monkey or human first ya know what I mean.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6009018
258437
170273

 
Huge 50km-long cave discovered on the Moon
10-19-2017
The Japanese space agency JAXA has announced the discovery of a cave hidden beneath the lunar surface.
When you die you are aware that you are dead
10-19-2017
A new study has suggested that the mind can still be active even after the body stops showing signs of life.
Google invents an AI that learns on its own
10-18-2017
The search giant has developed an artificial intelligence capable of learning without human intervention.
Saturn's rings are raining down methane
10-18-2017
NASA has revealed the discovery of methane and other chemicals in the gas giant's upper atmosphere.
Other news in this category
Whales and dolphins lead 'human-like lives'
Posted 10-17-2017 | 7 comments
Scientists have linked the brain size of cetaceans to the 'human-like' nature of their social behaviors....
 
Man captures footage of a 'walking' starfish
Posted 10-9-2017 | 13 comments
Zeb Hallock managed to record the star-shaped echinoderm ambling along a beach in North Carolina....
 
15 new gecko species discovered in Myanmar
Posted 10-6-2017 | 3 comments
The new species were all found in east-central and southern Myanmar within the space of just two weeks....
 
Huge hole discovered in the Great Barrier Reef
Posted 9-29-2017 | 4 comments
A giant sinkhole has provided something of a refuge for the coral during a time of significant decline....
 
Did drought cause mainland thylacine decline?
Posted 9-28-2017 | 16 comments
Drought, rather than human hunting, may have wiped out the Tasmanian tiger on the Australian mainland....
 
Scientists discover new species of giant rat
Posted 9-27-2017 | 10 comments
Known as the 'vika' rat, the new species has a set of teeth so powerful that it can crack open coconuts....
 
Plants may need to sleep, just like we do
Posted 9-21-2017 | 6 comments
A new study has suggested that sleep may actually be fundamental to all life, not just to animals....
 
'Octopus city' found off coast of Australia
Posted 9-19-2017 | 16 comments
Members of the gloomy octopus species have created their own underwater settlement dubbed 'Octlantis'....
 
The snow leopard is no longer 'endangered'
Posted 9-15-2017 | 7 comments
The species, which has long teetered on the edge of extinction, is finally starting to make a comeback....
 
Extinct giant tortoise could make a comeback
Posted 9-14-2017 | 4 comments
A new breeding program is aiming to bring back a species of giant tortoise that died out 150 years ago....
 
'Eat more kangaroo meat', say ecologists
Posted 9-12-2017 | 60 comments
An overabundance of the iconic marsupial has led wildlife experts to recommend a change in diet....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ