The cause of colony collapse could be a message for all of us

By: James V. Kohl | Published on: February 13, 2012

Have Bees Become Canaries In the Coal Mine? Why Massive Bee Dieoffs May Be a Warning About Our Own Health
What scientists are beginning to understand about the cause of colony collapse could be a message for all of us.
February 12, 2012

My comment:
In my next paper: “The honeybee is a model organism for understanding the epigenetic link from food odors and social odors to neural networks of the mammalian brain, which ultimately determine human behavior.” The honeybee already is a model organism for studying human immunity, disease resistance, allergic reaction, circadian rhythms, antibiotic resistance, the development of the brain and behavior, mental health, longevity, diseases of the X chromosome, and other aspects of eusocial species survival, like learning and memory, as well as conditioned responses to sensory stimuli. And it has become clearer that honey bee colonies and human individuals accumulate specific DNA methylation patterns in much the same way. From the perspective of molecular biology, this extends the honeybee superorganism metaphor to progress in socioaffective neuroscience.

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