Flies get a whiff of Marilyn magic
Scientists have created a sexual tsunami, tweaking genes to boost the irresistible factor – but, sorry, it works with insects only
RESEARCHERS have found a way of turning females into the equivalent of Marilyn Monroe by tampering with pheromones.
Scientists have developed a way of turning ordinary males into irresistible sex gods and females into sirens.
The effect is so strong that it has been likened to a “sexual tsunami”.
Males and females that were altered in the experiment even managed to turn their heterosexual peers gay.
Researchers discovered the secret to sex appeal by tampering with pheromones.
There is only one catch – so far, it works on flies only.
Professor Joel Levine, who led the study at the University of Toronto, genetically tweaked fruit flies so that they failed to produce a particular pheromone or odour, which the flies use to communicate.
The effect on males and females when the cuticular hydrocarbon pheromone was removed was a “sexual tsunami”, he said.
The bugs were so irresistible that male fruit flies with no history of homosexuality tried to mate with their pheromone-free males.
Even flies of a different species were interested, his team reports in the journal Nature this week.
Females without the pheromone turned into the insect equivalent of Marilyn Monroe’s, Levine said, and also proved alluring to both
“Lacking these chemical signals eliminated barriers to mating,” Levine said.
While pheromones were also part of the human mating game, our cues for attraction were far more complex, he added.
“We may rely more on the visual system, and we may have a more complex way of assessing other individuals and classifying them and determining how we’re going to relate to them than a fly does,” Levine said.
Therefore, he said, it was unlikely that the discovery could be turned into an aftershave or pill for humans. – Daily Mail