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Offline Bob1942

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Training Animals!
« on: 05/09/2004 11:45:24 »
Has anyone ever managed to train a species of fly?
 

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Re: Training Animals!
« Reply #1 on: 06/09/2004 13:28:35 »
Hi Bob,

Yes, absolutely, people have been training flies, for years in fact.

Bizarre as it sounds, tiny fruit flies (drosophila) can be trained in various ways - for example to navigate through mazes or to avoid specific things.

A recent article about fruit fly memory and brain asymmetry gives a bit more background to it :

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/articles/article/katarneycolumn9.htm/

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Re: Training Animals!
« Reply #2 on: 06/09/2004 16:48:34 »
In honour of empirical study, I have caught a fly this morning and I already have it doing roll-overs, saying 'sausages' and fetching grains of rice on command !!...additionaly the flys on my trousers are trained to come down on command too [;)]

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Re: Training Animals!
« Reply #3 on: 07/09/2004 15:17:11 »
So which sadist trained midges to bite me when I attempt to do the gardening? I have a solution,no gardening!
 

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Re: Training Animals!
« Reply #4 on: 07/09/2004 15:25:15 »
No, don't stop gardening because otherwise the garden will grow into a wilderness and play host to even hungrier creatures than midges !

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Re: Training Animals!
« Reply #5 on: 11/09/2004 04:29:32 »
triffids?
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