Monday, 16 July 2012

What could possibly go wrong? Scientists breed a generation of fruit flies that can COUNT

Apparently a team of geneticists have learned nothing from the 1986 horror film The Fly about a scientific experiment gone awry. 

Scientists from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada and the University of California announced this week that they have successfully bred a generation of fruit flies that can count – and it only took them 40 tries.

The evolutionary geneticists achieved their goal by subjecting the insects to a stimulus designed to teach them basic numerical skills, Wired UK reported.

The findings, announced at the First Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology in Canada, could lead to a better understanding of how humans process numbers and the genetics behind dyscalculia — a learning disability that affects a person’s ability to count and do basic arithmetic.

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