Science Creates Terrifying Ant 'Super Soldiers'

I absolutely wish this was a Photoshop. But it's not. That, friends, is a real ant. Fortunately, you won't find it in nature, but the only step this man-made mutation involves is encouraging genes the ant already possesses into expressing themselves... with horrifying results.

By using hormones to activate certain dormant genes in the ant genus Pheidole, Dr Rajendhran Rajakumar from McGill University in Montreal, with help from colleagues at the University of Arizona, triggered the development of these so-called "super soldier" ants with massive mandibles. The punchline? The ants have everything they need in their genome to become super ants. They're instant mutants — you just have to add water (well, hormones in this case).

I simply cannot imagine what it would feel like to be bitten by one of these guys.

According to the Daily Mail, the ants would use their giant heads to block the entrance to their nest and munch on anything that attempted to get past.

I had no idea the future of gene expression would involve nightmare fuel like this, but there you go. We should only expect more of this as science continues to march onwards.

Oh, you wanted to see more? No problem!

[Science, via Mail Online]

Images: Daily Mail


Comments

    ATTACK OF THE SLIGHTLY ENLARGED ANTS!!!!!

    Starship Troopers!

    holey shitaki!

    We Can Ill Afford Another Klendathu!

      That my friend, is pure gold!

    Well, after this, Bane from Batman seems less far fetched now!

    Just apply Anti-Super Soldier Serum!

    I for one, welcome our Ant Overlords!

    ants: OH GOOODD! MY HEAD! MY FUCKING HEAD! THE AGONY! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!"

    science: Problem? :D

    Is that so? Well YOU have a big head!

    In the first pic, check out his guns, he's beefin.

    I believe this is just the beginning of Aliens vs Predators

    Good work... but plenty of ants have big headed soldiers as bad or worse than this.

    For f*** sake, I just bought some ant killers.

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