20 May '15, 7pm

Watch the first 21 days of a bee’s life in 60 seconds (video):

on his work, he discusses the tricky situation the mites present, namely that prevention involves treating the hives with chemicals, which is no good for anybody or any bee. Scientists know that some bees are resistant to the mites, so they've been working on breeding those bees to create a class of mite-resistant bees. But as happens when scientists start playing around with genetics, they’ve inadvertently bred other traits out of the mite-resistant ones, like gentleness and the ability to store honey. Oops. So now they are working on integrating mite-resistant bees with other hive bees to hopefully arrive with mite-resistant wild bees that remember how to be bees. The idea is a bit daunting, to be honest. Messing with Mother Nature often comes with unintended consequences, but Varma isn’t concerned. And in the end, it’s the need to understand bees that has brought his be...

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