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Kmical
03-15-12, 03:30 PM
Sex-Deprived Flies Seek Alcohol

It sounds like the premise of a "Far Side" comic: A fruit fly with an insatiable sexual appetite is no good with women and looks for respite at the bottom of a bottle.

But revelations about those puny nuisances that have been annoying your oranges all week didn’t come from Gary Larson, but from a group of researchers at the Heberlein lab at the University of California, San Francisco.

Galit Shohat-Ophir, the team’s lead researcher, and her colleagues discovered that the more a male fruit fly’s sexual advances are rejected, the more likely the fly will turn to alcohol as a consolation.

But the award for the most unsavory experiment went to the decapitation of female subjects to ensure that males were deprived sexually but not exposed to the social experience of rejection. (Males will court a headless female, but their attempts rarely end in sex.)

These males also demonstrated an “enhanced ethanol preference,” confirming that it is a lack of sex in general, not the stigma of striking out with potential mating partners, that sends them tippling.

And once their confidence has been shattered, it takes a lot to get it back.

http://lightyears.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/15/a-fruit-fly-walks-into-a-bar/?hpt=hp_t3


I guess that 91% DNA commonality makes us more alike than many people realize ;)

This person agrees with the study:

http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/3423/thefly1958779691.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/837/thefly1958779691.jpg/)

Mrs. Danger
03-15-12, 03:37 PM
Courting a headless female... surely there's something Darwinianly wrong with that.

Lt Ripley
03-15-12, 03:38 PM
So just masturbate more and you won't become a homeless alcoholic? Thanks science!

Kmical
03-15-12, 03:38 PM
Courting a headless female... surely there's something Darwinianly wrong with that.

Maybe it's something for mhg83 to try next?

NORML54601
03-15-12, 05:31 PM
Headless chicks never say no

DVD Polizei
03-15-12, 07:48 PM
No Sex = No Alcoholism

:up:

glassdragon
03-15-12, 07:52 PM
So, they don't have to stick around and talk afterwards since the female has no head? Sounds like fruit flies are just stupid and that's why they turn to alcohol.