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Fruit flies can be alcoholics too

Behavior of Drosophila shows similarities to human addiction

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2:45pm, December 10, 2009

Guard the bourbon fruitcake: Fruit flies like a little booze in their food. And once they get a nip, they’re hooked, say scientists studying Drosophila melanogaster, the darling of genetic scientists around the world. The flies show evidence of alcohol addiction, including drinking despite dangerous consequences, a study appearing online December 10 in Current Biology reports.

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