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Review Article

Epigenetics in Social Insects: A New Direction for Understanding the Evolution of Castes

Table 1

Features of consistent and differential methylation in social insects.

Consistent methylationDifferential methylation

Sites consistently methylatedMethylation varies across tissues, castes, and individuals
Depleted CpG content [22, 23]Less depleted CpG content [22, 23]
Primarily found in exons [33]Primarily found in exons [33]
Consistent expression levels/splicing patterns across tissues and castes [22]Variable expression levels/splicing patterns across tissues and castes [23]
Well-conserved across insect taxa [47]Not yet known whether patterns conserved or divergent across taxa

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