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Research Project: Managing Honey Bees Against Disease and Colony Stress

Location: Bee Research Laboratory

Title: Found in Translation: Genes for the Future (more epigenetics)

item Evans, Jay

Submitted to: Bee Culture
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/5/2022
Publication Date: 5/10/2022
Citation: Evans, J.D. 2022. Found in Translation: Genes for the Future (more epigenetics). Bee Culture. 5:29-30.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: True genetics fans will remember that epigenetic (‘above the genome’) mechanisms help turn whole blocks of genes on and off. This is important when going halfway is not good enough, as in queen production, where individuals that are halfway between queens and workers (inter-castes) are not great at being either. Here I will review recent research that suggests this ability to coordinate lots of genes at once is not a short-term switch but can last much of the lifetime of a bee and even change things for his or her offspring.