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How Bees Naturally Vaccinate Their Brood

- October 1, 2015 - - (excerpt)

Researchers discover process bees use to protect their offspring

Arizona State University

Tempe, Ariz. — When it comes to vaccinating their brood, bees don’t have a choice — they naturally immunize their offspring against specific diseases found in their environments. And now for the first time, scientists have discovered how they do it.

Researchers from Arizona State University, University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä and Norwegian University of Life Sciences made the discovery after studying a bee blood protein called vitellogenin. The scientists found that this protein plays a critical, but previously….