Family break-ups lead to domestic abuse in fruit flies

University of Oxford| Wed Aug 09 11:58:36 EDT 2017
Family break-ups lead to domestic abuse in fruit flies

Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies) courtship is known to be a violent affair. Males compete aggressively for a female’s attention, attacking each other with their front legs - often harming the object of their affection in the cross fire.

Recent studies have suggested that when two males are related, this fighting tends to be less intense. As a result, females are much less likely to be harmed and can instead enjoy a longer reproductive lifespan.

However, the University of Ox....

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