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In the News – New York Times – Kronauer

Gene-Modified Ants Shed Light on How Societies Are Organized   “‘Our ultimate goal is to have a fundamental understanding of how a complex biological system works,’ Dr. Kronauer said. ‘I use ants as a model to do this.’ As he … More »

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New findings challenge popular explanation for why a social insect becomes a worker or queen

New findings challenge popular explanation for why a social insect becomes a worker or queenMany scientists have come to believe that DNA methylation, a mode of genetic regulation in which chemical tags turn genes on or off, is involved in determining an insect’s caste. However, a new study of ants finds no evidence to support this role for methylation. More »

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Daniel Kronauer chosen as a Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences

DanielThe Pew program provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. Kronauer will be using ants as a model system to study how the structure of social networks influences the spread of infections. More »

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