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Well Bee-haved

Kathryn Quinn

A colony of bees genetically engineered to make them less aggressive were so docile that thieves simply carried their hive away, say police in Hassenhausen, Germany.

Scientists from the beekeeping research institute say the colony was priceless as the bees would never sting their owners, and could yield more honey that any other breed.

The colony had also been proven to be resilient to parasites and diseases which have been devastating other beehives across Europe.

Police say the hive could have been targeted either by rival breeders or animal rights protesters, but just as easily it could have been someone for whom the job was made particularly easy by the fact that the hive was so easy to approach.

"There is a reason nature gave the bee a sting. Perhaps now scientists might think twice before messing with the natural world," one green activist told local media.




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