McGillU scientists turn ant clones into dwarfs or giants using epigenetics

Epigenetics again. Nature meets nurture at a genetic level. Weird stuff.

Gotta be careful though - these guys could create monster ants. And who wants that?

In nature, carpenter ants in the same colony vary dramatically in size even though they are genetically very similar or identical to each other. Ants of different sizes do different jobs within their colony.

Abouheif and his team examined the ants’ DNA and found their sizes were closely related to the amount of methylation on the Egfr gene.