Posted Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at 4:00 PM
The honeybee's decline has been a perplexing mystery for years, but scientists believe they are closer to finding out why the bees are dying off.
Researchers in the U.K. and Australia have discovered the bee's histone code, a genetic code that controls changes in cell development. These codes, found in humans, can be changed by nutritional and environmental changes, and scientists believe climate change may be causing all honeybee larvae to turn into workers instead of queen bees.
The researchers now plan to study bee diets and hope their work will determine how certain pesticides affect bee development.
The science world is buzzing at this latest development, which could be boon for honeybee repopulation after years of damaging losses.