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News Bites: Scientists find honey bees can trigger “virgin births” with a single gene

Researchers at Sydney University have discovered a single gene that determines Cape honey bees in South Africa reproduce without having sex.

The GB45239 or Chromosome 11 gene allows worker bees to lay eggs that only produce females, instead of the normal males that other bees do.

When a colony loses its queen, workers compete to give birth to the next queen.

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