Flies Depend on Sense of Smell to Survive Lean Times

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 11:28 in Biology & Nature

Working with fruit flies reared under laboratory conditions, researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Rockefeller University show that in times of plenty, the sense of smell is irrelevant for survival. But when food is scarce, a well functioning nose can mean the difference between life and death.

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