Are Bees Able to Rejuvenate Their Brains?
A team of scientists has discovered that bees are able to reverse the effects of aging on their brains. Their study, published in the scientific journal Experimental Gerontology, shows that when aging bees return to the nest to perform social tasks, such as taking care of larvae, the molecular structure of their brains change.
Led by Associate Professor in ASU’s School of Life Science, Gro Amdam, the study’s goal was to find out why bees age when they leave the nest to look for food. “We knew from previous research that when bees stay in the nest and take care of larvae – the bee babies – they remain mentally competent for as long as we observe them,” Amdam said in a press release.