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  • Wasp genetics study suggests altruism evolved from maternal behavior

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      A female paper wasp (Polistes metricus) on her recently founded nest, in this case constructed in the laboratory from source materials in University of Illinois school colors. The first of her daughters will emerge as a worker from the cocoon at lower right, and then the foundress will become queen of the developing wasp society.

      Photo by J. H. Hunt and A. L. Toth

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      Working on the wasp genetics study were, from left, graduate student Kranthi Varala; Gene Robinson, professor of entomology; postdoctoral researcher Amy Toth (holding a wasp nest); and Matthew Hudson, professor of crop sciences.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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