BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Flies get ‘mind-control sex swap’

By | April 22, 2008

BBC NEWS  ScienceNature  Flies get mind-control sex swap

Scientists have been able to take control of flies’ brains to make females behave just like males.Researchers genetically modified the insects so that a group of brain cells that control sexual behaviour could be “switched on” by a pulse of light….To investigate, the team placed some flies in a “mini sound studio”.The insects had been genetically modified so that a pulse of light would activate this group of courtship neurons. – bbc

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