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How ants get angry: Precise “lock and key” process regulates aggression, acceptance

Feb. 3, 2020—In a new study, scientists at Vanderbilt report definitive evidence of a mechanism within ants that is responsible for unlocking aggression. The research—the first to pinpoint this mechanism and its precise role in ant biology—reports a social characteristic which could help account for their evolutionary success.

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Decoding ants’ coat of many odors

Jul. 10, 2017—A team of biologists report a major advance in deciphering the molecular genetics underlying the ant's high-definition sense of smell, an ability that underpins their highly complex society.

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VUCast: Gators Give Researchers Clues

Sep. 28, 2012—This Week on VUCast, Vanderbilt’s online newscast: What these “sensitive” alligators have in common with humans.  Brainy bugs! Why ants are smarter than the average bug.  And a worldwide “girl power” movement comes to Vanderbilt.

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Ants have an exceptionally high-def sense of smell

Sep. 10, 2012—Ants have four to five times more odor receptors than most other insects, a team of researchers have discovered.

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