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Worker ants promote outbreeding by transporting young queens to alien nests

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Vidal, Mathilde ; Königseder, Florian ; Giehr, Julia ; Schrempf, Alexandra ; Lucas, Christoph ; Heinze, Jürgen
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Vidal et al. identify a breeding system in the ant Cardiocondyla elegans that avoids colonial inbreeding, managed by a third party of worker ants. This system bears similarities to human matchmaking, but with fundamental genetic drivers rather than social ones. Choosing the right mating partner is one of the most critical decisions in the life of a sexually reproducing organism and is the basis ...


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