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Old soldiers never die ....

Jacobus J Boomsma* and Sanne Nygaard

Author Affiliations

Centre for Social Evolution, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken 15, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark

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Genome Biology 2012, 13:144  doi:10.1186/gb-2012-13-2-144

Published: 22 February 2012

Abstract

An ancestral supersoldier phenotype of Pheidole ants can be recovered when selection for supersoldiers re-emerges, indicating that the developmental potential for caste pathways is retained.