Though termites are responsible for some $40 billion a year in damage and efforts to control them, they also give a glimpse into the development of eusociality. Researchers led by Arizona State University's Jürgen Liebig sequenced the genome as well as stage-specific transcriptomes of the dampwood termite Zootermopsis nevadensis and compared them to that of previous work on eusocial Hymenoptera. Eusociality in termites evolved separately from that of the ants and bees of Hymenoptera.

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