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Deprived of Sex, Flies Turn to Alcohol

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Caption: Male flies that have been sexually rejected by females consume more alcohol than their peers who have mated successfully. This sequence of three videos shows a male fly courting and successfully mating with a female fly, another male fly being rejected by a female, and a male choosing to consume an alcohol-infused solution over a non-alcohol solution. This video relates to a paper that appeared in the March 16, 2012, issue of Science, published by AAAS. The paper, by Dr. G. Shohat-Ophir at the University of California, San Francisco in San Francisco, Calif., and colleagues was titled, “Sexual Deprivation Increases Ethanol Intake in Drosophila.”

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