Nature & Environment
Scientists turn ants into 'supersoldiers'
By T.K. Randall
January 8, 2012 · 12 comments
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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. This team worked out how to "trick" developing ant larvae to turn into a rare and unusual supersoldier caste.
Source: BBC News
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