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New research appearing in Science Advances this week suggests that the gut microbiomes of honey bees play a key role in how colony mates identify each other. Despite the similar genetics of honey bees of the same colony, the colony-specific blends of cuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs) that act as pheromonal cues to signify colony membership appear to be defined by the colony environment and rather than shared genetic variants.

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Nature News writes that additional details about the UK plan for an agency to support high-risk, high-reward science are needed.

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