Here is something crazy from an evolutionary standpoint.
Many forms of social insects are able to reproduce asexually, creating female offspring from unfertilised eggs using two of four chromosomes replicated from their parents.
These chromosomes are reshuffled in the process, meaning that the next generation will be genetically distinct - but there is a limit to how many generations can be reproduced in this way.
But a new study has discovered that mutation in Cape honey bee workers is allowing them to pass on all of the genetic information from the four chromosomes from their parents, enabling the subspecies to clone itself for decades - although at the cost of genetic diversity.
Speaking to Live Science, the lead author of the study, Professor Benjamin Oldroyd, described the findings as “incredible” and also “incredibly dysfunctional”. “Somehow they’ve managed to do it. It’s insane, I’ve not heard of anything like this before, anywhere.”