Bees yield clues to unlocking brain disorders

(Medical Xpress) — Queensland Brain Institute researchers are a step closer to unlocking the mysteries of disorders like schizophrenia and autism – through peering into the brains of bees.

“Beyond serving as a model for human function, insects are useful in olfactory research for a range of other reasons…”

The most important biological function of the brain is to generate behaviors that promote the welfare of an animal.”  Given that fact, how has any researcher linked any evolutionary event to differences in behavior? The only known link from the sensory environment of any organism to its behavior is RNA-mediated. In 1996, our Hormones and Behavior review article detailed how these RNA-mediated events link conserved molecular mechanisms to cell type differentiation in species from yeasts to mammals. When Elekonich and Robinson then extended hormone-organized and hormone-activated behaviors to insects, they also extended what was known about RNA-mediated events from the development of insect behavior to the development of human behavior via conserved molecular mechanisms. When Elekonich and Roberts then extended the conserved molecular mechanisms to the life history transitions of honeybees, the RNA-mediated link from the epigenetic landscape to the physical landscape of DNA in the organized genomes of all species became perfectly clear.

However, evolutionary theorists and human ethologists have continued to tout the pseudoscientific nonsense of their theories about mutations and natural selection, which might somehow be linked to the evolution of biodiversity. It appears that most of them have still not realized that biodiversity is nutrient-dependent, RNA-mediated, and pheromone-controlled.

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