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Flies Like Us: They Can Act Like Addicts, Too

 

Source:Medical News Today

When given the chance to consume alcohol at will, fruit flies behave in ways that look an awful lot like human alcoholism. fruit flyThat's according to a study published online on December 10th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, that is one of the first to consider alcohol self-administration in the insects.

"The flies choose to consume alcohol to intoxicating levels, they will do so even if alcohol is made unpalatable, and they relapse to drinking high levels of alcohol after being deprived of it," said Ulrike Heberlein of the University of California, San Francisco. "Addiction is a purely human condition, but, surprisingly, flies show several key features of it."

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