Reproductive Ageing: Unlocking the secrets of reproductive longevity: the potential of social insects

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María Fernanda Vergara-Martínez Departamento de Biología Celular y Fisiología, Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico
Posgrado en Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad Universitaria, Coyoacán, CDMX, México

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Berenice Otero-Díaz Departamento de Biología Celular y Fisiología, Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico

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Ingrid Fetter-Pruneda Departamento de Biología Celular y Fisiología, Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico

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Correspondence should be addressed to I Fetter-Pruneda Email: ifetter@iibiomedicas.unam.mx

This paper forms part of a special issue on reproductive ageing. The guest editor for this special collection was Prof. Karen Schindler, The State University of New Jersey, NJ, USA.

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In brief

Social insect queens display both extraordinary longevity and fertility. In this point of view, we describe their distinctive traits that make them useful models for reproductive longevity, holding implications for human health discoveries.

Abstract

Social insects present an extraordinary opportunity as models for reproductive longevity because they challenge the conventional patterns of aging and reproduction seen in other model organisms. Their queens are simultaneously long-lived and highly fecund, and understanding how these traits co-occur may lead to discoveries with important implications for human health.

 

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