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Transcriptomic response to injury sheds light on the physiological costs of reproduction in ant queens

von Wyschetzki, Katharina ; Lowack, Helena ; Heinze, Jürgen


The trade-off between reproduction and longevity is widespread among multicellular organisms. As an important exception, the reproductive females of perennial social insects (ants, honeybees, termites) are simultaneously highly fertile and very long-lived relative to their nonreproductive nestmates. The observation that increased fecundity is not coupled with decreased lifespan suggests that ...


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