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Laser Beams Makes Flies Hungry for Sex

by Dr. Enozia Vakil on  March 10, 2014 at 4:41 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Using a laser beam, scientists have managed to alter the behavior of flies, making them mate with even a ball of wax!
 Laser Beams Makes Flies Hungry for Sex
Laser Beams Makes Flies Hungry for Sex
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The researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute created an experiment that involves shining an infrared laser directly at the head of a fly whose brain has been altered using heat-activated proteins, the Verge reported.

This alteration allows the laser, dubbed the "Fly Mind-Altering Device" (FlyMAD), to activate specific neurons which are involved in mating.

In the experiment, the fly suddenly started "courting" the closest object in its vicinity - in this case, a ball of wax - by circling it and vibrating its wings.

The resulting behavioral modification was so strong that it persisted for about 15 minutes after the laser had been turned off.

Source: ANI

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