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  • Brain gene expression patterns predict behavior of individual honey bees

    Cartoon of a honey bee with a QR code on its back.

    Researchers used barcodes to track individual honey bees in a study that looked for parallels between the bees’ foraging and egg-laying behavior and patterns of gene expression in their brains.

    Graphic by Michael B. Vincent


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  • Editor’s notes

    Robinson is also interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the U. of I.

    To reach Beryl Jones, email  
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    The paper “Individual differences in honey bee behavior enabled by plasticity in brain gene regulatory networks” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.7554/eLife.62850