Laser Beams Makes Flies Hungry for Sex

by Dr. Enozia Vakil on  March 10, 2014 at 4:41 PM Research News
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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

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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