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Sex-starved fruit flies turn to drink

#1  Postby DougC » Mar 15, 2012 8:37 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17357560
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"Male fruit flies that have been rejected by females drink significantly more alcohol than those that have mated freely, scientists say.
In an article in Science, researchers suggest that alcohol stimulates the flies' brains as a "reward" in a similar way to sexual conquest."
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Re: Sex-starved fruit flies turn to drink

#2  Postby biscuit » Mar 15, 2012 8:39 pm

ah that old chestnut...it's the woman's fault again :nono:
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#3  Postby DougC » Mar 15, 2012 8:43 pm

biscuit wrote:ah that old chestnut...it's the woman's fault again :nono:

What, you think we are smart enough to come up with problems all by ourselves.
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#4  Postby biscuit » Mar 15, 2012 8:47 pm

DougC wrote:
biscuit wrote:ah that old chestnut...it's the woman's fault again :nono:

What, you think we are smart enough to come up with problems all by ourselves.


:lol: :lol:

hmmm you have bested the feminist argument sire, and for that I salute you :cheers:
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Sex-deprived fruit flies turn to alcohol!

#5  Postby Darkchilde » Mar 16, 2012 10:38 am

Sex-deprived fruit flies turn to alcohol, perhaps to fulfill a physiological demand for a reward

ScienceDaily (Mar. 15, 2012) — After being deprived of sex, male fruit flies, known as Drosophila melanogaster, may turn to alcohol to fulfill a physiological demand for a reward, according to a study recently published in the journal Science. Troy Zars, an associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Missouri and neurobiology expert, said that understanding why rejected male flies find solace in ethanol could help treat human addictions.

"Identifying the molecular and genetic mechanisms controlling the demand for reward in fruit flies could potentially influence our understanding of drug and alcohol abuse in humans, since previous studies have detailed similarities between signaling pathways in fruit flies and mammals," Zars said.

In the study, male fruit flies that had mated repeatedly for several days showed no preference for alcohol-spiked food. On the other hand, spurned males and those denied access to females strongly preferred food mixed with 15 percent alcohol. The researchers believed the alcohol may have satisfied the flies' desire for physical reward.

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#6  Postby Darwinsbulldog » Mar 17, 2012 3:28 am

New meaning for the phrase : "Bar fly". :-)
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