Me to We: Searching for the Genetic Roots of Sociality
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 South Gregory Street
Urbana (View Map)
True societies are very rare in biology, but have evolved repeatedly in a group of insects that include the ants, bees, and wasps, with the honey bee widely considered a paragon of sociality. This lecture uses the honey bee and related species to demonstrate how the new science of genomics enables researchers to study social life in molecular terms, including examples of mechanisms regulating selfish behavior that have evolved to promote cooperation, and connections between socially responsive genomes and human health.