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Cause or effect?

Posted by ka5s on 01 Dec 2010 at 04:23 GMT

This is an extremely interesting finding. However, I wonder if there might be preexisting differences detectable by worker bees delivering Royal Jelly, between larvae selected to become queens, and those not so selected. Is a sample of 50 worker bees sufficient? Might not it be necessary to examine specimens in the larval stage to eliminate an alternative mechanism for the result observed? And might not 50 be too few out of an entire hive?

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