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Sexually-Rejected Flies Booze Way Harder Than Their Hunky Peers

derekmead (2466858) writes | more than 2 years ago

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derekmead writes "How’s this for hilariously depressing: male fruit flies who have their sexual advances rejected drink alcohol far more heavily than males who are regularly having sex.

Yes, you read that right. New research from a team at UC San Francisco has discovered that a tiny molecule in flies’ brains, called neuropeptide F, acts as a link between sexual rejection and excessive drinking. A similar molecule, neuropeptide Y, exists in humans, and as such the research helps shed light on what triggers human addiction."

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