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Getting a buzz out of the bee genome

Michael Ashburner1* and Charalambos P Kyriacou2

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3EH, UK

2 Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK

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Genome Biology 2006, 7:239  doi:10.1186/gb-2006-7-10-239

Published: 26 October 2006

Abstract

The honey bee Apis mellifera displays the most complex behavior of any insect. This, and its utility to humans, makes it a fascinating object of study for biologists. Such studies are now further enabled by the release of the honey-bee genome sequence.