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Great: Scientists Genetically Modify Giant Mutant Ants

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ORIGINAL IMAGE REMOVED AT REQUEST OF OWNER. Google image search "super soldier ants" to see the actual thing.

inb4 I for one welcome our new picnic ruining overlords.

Scientists dabbling in ant genes (me? I only dribble in my Levi's) have found a way to turn normal soldier ants into "supersoldiers" with giant f***ing heads and pincers by activating the ancient genetic trait with a special hormone. You know, because that's exactly we need. Starship Troopers here we come!

Authors Dr Rajendhran Rajakumar, from McGill University, Canada, and colleagues wrote: 'We uncovered an ancestral development potential to produce a novel supersoldier subcaste that has been retained throughout a hyperdiverse ant genus that evolved 35 to 60 million years ago.'


The results suggest that holding on to ancestral development toolkits may play an important role in evolving new physical traits, say the researchers.

Well damn, Dr. Rajakumar, you think you could have dumbed that down a little? I'm not exactly the sharpest crayon in the box if you know what I mean. Do you know what I mean? I mean I'm a colored pencil the box didn't come with one of those sharpeners on the back. Oh great, now I'm melting in the sun.

Welcome to a brave new world: Genetic scientists create freakish man-made monster ants with huge heads and jaws [dailymail]

Thanks to Davey, Nick W, JoeLickASac, Turbo Dave and Seb, who have every intention of riding one of these things into battle.

There are Comments.
  • RDarker

    Are we going to genetically modify people to become large -headed overtly-aggressive killing machines?
    Oh wait Middle Europeans exist already.

  • Juvenal Osegueralopez

    are we playing god now? Or Ancient Aliens here?

  • barrett daniel

    Science. Giving ants down syndrome since 2012.  

  • painweaver

    somebody needs to send one these off to asia, so we can watch it battle a Japanese hornet/giant centipede/tarantula on youtube.

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  • boot88

    Didn't we already go through this with Africanized bees? Why must scientists make killer versions of already scary insects?! Do this to a damn butterfly or something!

    in b4 'OH SHIT one of our KILLER ANTS escaped and now it's destroying humanity!'

  • nahsuda04

    A novel supersoldier subcaste...I surrender!!!

    Scientist 1: So no flying cars, lightsabers or cold fusion?
    Scientist 2: Nope supermutant ants is what the people want. 

  • James Lott

    Someone left on Bighead Mode.

    Good job, Admin.

  • Dave

    As long as I get one as a trusty steed then I'm ok with it.

  • No "Zombieland" here we come! Ants are already having a problem with Wasp larvae turning them into "zombies", now imagine if these big suckers are feasted on by larvae.  Giant Wasps that inject larvae into human brains!...

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    Shortwave Industries:  Always prepared for the worst...

  • I for one welcome our new ant overlords.

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  • Sara Dunn

    All I can think of is the Those! quest in Fall Out: New Vegas. Bryan, your father is dead now shut up.

  • Kenlin Bros

    Isn't that in Fallout 3? I've never played NV, but I remember the fire ants, and leaving that kid in a phone booth for a few days.

  • yes thats fallout 3 i was gonna post about it but i see im too late.

  • Hal Jordan

    It's THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Oskar Samuelsson

    Bill Bailey - Insect Nation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • dont worrie pleople, Gordon Freeman will save us 

  • Fabrice Onno

    Its funny, until someone  loses an eye... because of a giant ant's mandibula... :P

  • Looks like it's time to start a new ant farm!

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