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04.2012

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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SELF-MEDICATING FRUIT FLIES

Fruit flies are getting quite a reputation for indulging in spirits. But don’t call them lushes; they’re really drinking for self-preservation. According to Emory University scientists, a particular type of fruit fly – Drosophila melanogaster – consumes alcohol to “self-medicate”. Why would flies need to do this? To stave off parasites. “We believe our results are the first to show that alcohol consumption can have a protective effect against infectious disease, and in particular against [...] Read More »

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