A study of worker bees offers proof of Richard Dawkins' famous theory
By Stuart Fox
Posted 06.24.2008 at 12:57 pm 1 Comment
Before Richard Dawkins became famous as an anti-religion crusader, he reshaped the theory of evolution with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene. In the book, Dawkins proposed the idea that genes, rather than organisms, compete with each other for the chance to propagate themselves. While the theory has now been widely accepted for decades, a new study in the July issue of the journal Genetics claims to have isolated the first concrete proof of a selfish gene.
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