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Ants are better prepared for an apocalypse than humans

Nearly ever zombie movie that has graced the silver screen has at least one scene where the bold heroes are faced with a team member who may or may not be infected. They struggle with the reality of the situation, debating whether or not to continue on, leave their potentially dangerous comrade behind, or (in only the rarest of cases) be proactive and put the individual out of their misery. A new research paper by an international team of biologists reveals that ants apparently don’t have the same problem, and not only do they know if one of their newly born colony members is infected with a pathogen, they also respond promptly to the threat by killing off their kin and halting disease in its tracks. The study focused on the abilit ...