DNA methylation is maintained with high fidelity in the honey bee germline and exhibits global non-functional fluctuations during somatic development.

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DNA methylation of active genes, also known as gene body methylation, is found in many animal and plant genomes. Despite this, the transcriptional and developmental role of such methylation remains poorly understood. Here, we explore the dynamic range of DNA methylation in honey bee, a model organism for gene body methylation.