Developmental evolution in social insects: regulatory networks from genes to societies.

  title={Developmental evolution in social insects: regulatory networks from genes to societies.},
  author={Timothy A. Linksvayer and Jennifer Harrison Fewell and J{\"u}rgen Gadau and Manfred D. Laubichler},
  journal={Journal of experimental zoology. Part B, Molecular and developmental evolution},
  volume={318 3},
The evolution and development of complex phenotypes in social insect colonies, such as queen-worker dimorphism or division of labor, can, in our opinion, only be fully understood within an expanded mechanistic framework of Developmental Evolution. Conversely, social insects offer a fertile research area in which fundamental questions of Developmental Evolution can be addressed empirically. We review the concept of gene regulatory networks (GRNs) that aims to fully describe the battery of… CONTINUE READING

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