December 12, 2007
Why They Don’t Call Them Butch Flies

Who knows what other miracle cures may follow from all this? I ask as a specimen of homo sapiens born with the attention span of a fruit fly…

To their surprise, neurobiologists have discovered that homosexuality can be turned on or off in fruit flies. They’d known that sexual orientation can be genetically programmed, but they didn’t realize it could also be altered by giving a drug that changes the way the flies’ sensory circuits react to pheromones.

Within hours of the treatment, previously heterosexual male fruit flies would be courting other males, and treatment could also cause flies who had been engaging in homosexual behavior to become exclusively heterosexual, the neurobiologists report in Nature Neuroscience.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at December 12, 2007 11:34 AM
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Drugs can do weird things. Here's a man who became a "gay sex fiend" under the influence of dopamine:

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,2224552,00.html

Posted by: karla on December 12, 2007 8:32 PM
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