The BBC: Male fruit flies that have been rejected by females drink significantly more alcohol than those that have mated freely, scientists say. In an article in Science, researchers suggest that alcohol stimulates the flies' brains as a "reward" in a similar way to sexual conquest. The work points to a brain chemical called neuropeptide F, which seems to be regulated by the flies' behaviour. Human brains have a similar chemical, which may react in a similar way.
Prodnose: You're puttinng he hard stuff away as vigorously as ever, Nick.
Myself: I will not dignify that inneuendo with a reply. You sir, are no gentleman.
The BBC: The connection between alcohol and this chemical, which in humans is known as neuropeptide Y, has already been noted in studies involving hard-drinking mice.
Myself: Hard-drinking mice?
Monty Python: Well... I was about seventeen and some mates and me went to a party, and, er... we had quite a lot to drink... and then some of the fellows there ... started handing ... cheese around ... and well just out of curiosity I tried a bit ... and well that was that.
Prodnose: And what else did these fellows do?
Monty Python: Well some of them started dressing up as mice a bit ... and then when they'd got the costumes on they started ... squeaking.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
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