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No Offense, American Bees, But Your Sperm Isn’t Cutting It

Enlarge this image With an American honeybee queen for a mother and a European honeybee drone for a father, this worker bee has a level of genetic diversity unseen in the U.S. for decades. Researchers at Washington State University hope a deeper gene pool will give a new generation of honeybees much-needed genetic traits, like resistance to varroa mites. The parasite kills a third of American honeybees each year. Megan Asche/Courtesy of Washington State University hide caption toggle caption Megan Asche/Courtesy of Washington State University Editor’s note: This story is…

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