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Cell. 2006 Jan 27;124(2):237-9.

Small brains, bright minds.

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  • 1Department of Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacy, Free University of Berlin, Germany. menzel@neurobiologie.fu-berlin.de


Learning, memory, and social behavior are innate properties of the honeybee that are essential for the survival of each individual as well as for the survival of the hive. The small, accessible brain of the honeybee and the availability of the complete sequence of its genome make this social insect an ideal model for studying the connection between learning, memory, and social behavior.

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