Molecular signatures of plastic phenotypes in two eusocial insect species with simple societies

  title={Molecular signatures of plastic phenotypes in two eusocial insect species with simple societies},
  author={Solenn Patalano and Anna Vlasova and Christopher D. R. Wyatt and Philip A. Ewels and Francisco Camara and Pedro G. Ferreira and Claire Asher and Tomasz Piotr Jurkowski and Anne Segonds-Pichon and Martin Bachman and Irene Gonz{\'a}lez-Navarrete and Andr{\'e} E. Minoche and Felix Krueger and Ernesto Lowy and Marina Marcet-Houben and Jose Luis Rodriguez-Ales and Fabio S. Nascimento and Shankar Balasubramanian and Toni Gabald{\'o}n and James Edward Tarver and Simon R. Andrews and Heinz Himmelbauer and William O. H. Hughes and Roderic Guig{\'o} and Wolf Reik and Seirian Sumner},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={13970 - 13975}
Significance In eusocial insect societies, such as ants and some bees and wasps, phenotypes are highly plastic, generating alternative phenotypes (queens and workers) from the same genome. The greatest plasticity is found in simple insect societies, in which individuals can switch between phenotypes as adults. The genomic, transcriptional, and epigenetic underpinnings of such plasticity are largely unknown. In contrast to the complex societies of the honeybee, we find that simple insect… 

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