Flies on meth burn through sugar

Flies on meth burn through sugar

Cellular effects may explain why addicts often have a sweet tooth

By Daniel Strain, 17:54 PM April 20, 2011

A famous antidrug ad compares the brain on drugs to a frying egg. Now, a new study gives a broad look at how methamphetamine might scramble the entire body.

In one of the broadest surveys yet, U.S. researchers have illustrated the many genetic and cellular impacts of meth exposure in fruit flies. In addition to likely wreaking havoc on muscles and sperm, the drug seems to kick fly sugar metabolism into overdrive, the group reports online April 20 in PLoS ONE.

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