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Sexually frustrated fruit flies turn to booze

on 16/03/12 at 2:27 pm

Booze News

Guys, when your sweetheart says, “No thanks” to sex, do you knock back a few stiff drinks to feel better? Turns out fruit flies do.

That’s the word from a new study that may explain why both species react that way.

In today’s issue of the journal Science, researchers offer a biological explanation for why, “Not tonight, dear” may lead to, “Gimme another beer.” If it proves true in people, it could help scientists find new medications to fight alcoholism.

In that case, we can thank thousands of frustrated flies.

One by one, these eager Lotharios were put into a container with a female that had just mated. So she was really, really not interested in doing it again anytime soon. She would run away. She would kick the male. She would stick out her egg-laying organ to hold him at bay.

The male flies went through three hour-long sessions of this every day for four days, enough rejection to discourage them from trying any more.


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