So if you feed Apis mellifera with royal jelly from Apis ceranae, will you get mutant

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  1. Americasbeekeeper

    Americasbeekeeper New Member

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    Epigenetic Modification of Gene Expression in Honey Bees by Heterospecific Gland Secretions
    So if you feed Apis mellifera with royal jelly from Apis ceranae, will you get mutant Godzilla bees?
    Royal jelly (RJ) contains a range of proteins, amino acids, vitamins and nucleic acids. MicroRNA (miRNA) has been found to play an important role in regulating the expression of protein-coding genes and cell biology. Heterospecific royal jelly can modify gene expression in honey bees through an epigenetic mechanism.
    http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0043727
     
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    Daniel Y New Member

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    Gary, I confess I did not read the linked info. But does it say anything about royal jelly being any different composition from one variety of bee to another? Alteration of gene expression would be an obvious effect of royal jelly since it is what is responsible for a bee developing into a queen or a worker. What other genetic expressions could it have an effect on?
    Try feeding a AHB Larva with jelly from a much calmer variety of bee and see if it makes a dosile African bee?