Male flies find romance with female flies coated with pheromone, regardless of age. Beauty is more than skin deep, at least for fruit flies studied in new research at the Univ. of Michigan that demonstrates how age-related changes in pheromone production can reduce sexual attractiveness. The study, published in The Journal of Experimental Biology, examined how pheromones play a role in the sexual attractiveness and aging process of the common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, says Scott Pletcher, senior author of the study, associate professor in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology.
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