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Creating Monster Ants

Scientists have created monster ants from ordinary ones by using a special hormone on the larvae of ordinary worker ants to create monster "supersoldiers."

Supersoldier ants can be born naturally but are rare, and occur in Mexican and US deserts, where they've evolved to protect their colonies from invading ants.

The Telegraph quotes Canadian researcher Rajendhran Rajakumar as saying, "We uncovered an ancestral development potential to produce a novel supersoldier subcaste that has been retained throughout a hyperdiverse ant genus that evolved 35 to 60 million years ago." In other words, these ants are PREHISTORIC.

It may be fine for geneticists to experiment in this way, but what if these monsters get loose and start invading our homes? Africanized bees are bad enough!

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