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Insights into social insects from the genome of the honeybee Apis mellifera

Weinstock, G M; Robinson, Gene E; Gibbs, R A; Worley, K; Evans, Jay; Maleszka, Ryszard; Robertson, H M; Weaver, D B; Beye, M; Bork, Peer; Elsik, Christine G.; Kucharski, Robert


Here we report the genome sequence of the honeybee Apis mellifera, a key model for social behaviour and essential to global ecology through pollination. Compared with other sequenced insect genomes, the A. mellifera genome has high A+T and CpG contents, lacks major transposon families, evolves more slowly, and is more similar to vertebrates for circadian rhythm, RNA interference and DNA methylation genes, among others. Furthermore, A. mellifera has fewer genes for innate immunity,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/nature05260


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