Despite what you might've seen in 1950s monster movies, it's difficult to raise mutant ants. For years biologists have altered the genetics of organisms as varied as mice and rice. Mutant fruit flies are a laboratory staple. But ants' complex life cycle hampered efforts to grow genetically engineered ants — until now.
"Scientists Create the First Mutant Ants" is from the August 10, 2017 Speaking of Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ben Guarino and narrated by Jenny Hoops.