Monday, February 25, 2013

Science ROCKS! drunk babies?

Fruit Flies Force Their Young to Drink Alcohol for Their Own Good

Feb. 22, 2013 — The fruit fly study adds to the evidence "that using toxins in the environment to medicate offspring may be common across the animal kingdom," says biologist Todd Schlenke.

When fruit flies sense parasitic wasps in their environment, they lay their eggs in an alcohol-soaked environment, essentially forcing their larvae to consume booze as a drug to combat the deadly wasps.
The discovery by biologists at Emory University is being published in the journal Science on February 22.