A survey of DNA methylation across social insect species, life stages, and castes reveals abundant and caste-associated methylation in a primitively social wasp

@article{Weiner2013ASO,
  title={A survey of DNA methylation across social insect species, life stages, and castes reveals abundant and caste-associated methylation in a primitively social wasp},
  author={Susan A. Weiner and David A Galbraith and Dean C. Adams and Nicole Valenzuela and Fernando Barbosa Noll and Christina M Grozinger and Amy L Toth},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2013},
  volume={100},
  pages={795-799}
}
DNA methylation plays an important role in the epigenetic control of developmental and behavioral plasticity, with connections to the generation of striking phenotypic differences between castes (larger, reproductive queens and smaller, non-reproductive workers) in honeybees and ants. Here, we provide the first comparative investigation of caste- and life stage-associated DNA methylation in several species of bees and vespid wasps displaying different levels of social organization. Our results… CONTINUE READING
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