13
Dec
07

Gay Sex One Night, Straight Sex the Next

A study finds that in fruit flies, homosexuality is biological, but not hard-wired.

A team of neurobiologists at the University of Illinois at Chicago have found that the homosexual behavior in fruit flies can be switched on and off through genetic manipulation or drugs – within hours.

Evidently, the key for fruit flies is in the way they perceive the pheromones of their fly buddies. Genetically alter or treat them with a drug, and the fruit flies copulate with other flies of the same sex. Alter or treat them again, and they are “straight”.

The “causes” of homosexuality are being studied widely, but that’s not the purpose for this study. This information may allow scientists to alter the behavior of fruit flies so that they can be changed into beneficial pollenators of fruit, rather than destructive pests.

It does beg the question, though, if this knowledge were applicable to humans, and we were able to change our sexual orientation for periods of time with a nasal spray or pill, would we? Would we take such a “therapy” regularly, to become straight? Would the military put such a substance into GI food? Would it mean that when faced with a shortage of hot girls, a guy could decide change his luck, pop a pill and go to the local gay bar? Oh, wait, they already do that.

But seriously, what do you think about this? It begs the old question, if there were a pill, would you take it? I wouldn’t. Women are great, but I like me just the way I am.

For all the details:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/12/071210094541.htm#

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