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  • Team finds gene that helps honey bees find flowers (and get back home)

    A regulatory gene that aids learning and the detection of novelty in vertebrates increases in activity in the honey bee brain whenever it explores an unfamiliar environment.

    A regulatory gene that aids learning and the detection of novelty in vertebrates increases in activity in the honey bee brain whenever it explores an unfamiliar environment.

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      A regulatory gene that aids learning and the detection of novelty in vertebrates increases in activity in the honey bee brain whenever it explores an unfamiliar environment.

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      University of Illinois Institute for Genomic Biology director Gene Robinson led a study of the genetic changes that accompany honey bee orientation in flight.

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  • To contact Gene Robinson, call 217-265-0309; email generobi@illinois.edu. The paper, “Activity-Dependent Gene Expression in Honey Bee Mushroom Bodies in Response to Orientation Flight,” is available online.