The buzz be­gan in Asia

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HON­EY­BEES MAY have orig­i­nated in Asia and not in Africa as was ear­lier be­lieved. This has been sug­gested in the first ever global anal­y­sis of o genome vari­a­tion in hon­ey­bees. The bee i is cru­cial to the sur­vival of hu­mans. A third of our fruit and vegetables de­pend on pol­lina pol­li­na­tion by bees and other in­sects. But hon­ey­bee hone colonies are de­clin­ing due to pol­lu­tion pol­lu­tion, cli­mate change and dis­eases. Data on the ge­netic ge evo­lu­tion of the bee could help in un­der­stand­ing un­ders how they adapted to dif­fer­ent en­vi­ronm en­vi­ron­ments. Na­ture Ge­net­ics, Au­gust 24 (on­line)

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