30 July 2004

Clues on Male Courtship Patterns

Scientists have found that a "cluster of nerve cells linked to sexual behavior could mean the difference between being a success with the ladies or a dismal failure" in fruit flies. [Nature, July 29, 2004]

The scientists theorized whether a similar homologue of nerve cells that control sexuality in fruit flies could exist in male humans.

In their experiment, when the scientists interfered with the nerve clusters controlling sexual behavior in fruit flies, the male fruit flies were observed to rush through the courtship ritual --- which consisted of several steps like tapping the female, singing, extending and vibrating a wing --- and the females were turned-off and did not find this attractive.

Is it also possible that there is something wrong with the "sexual nerve clusters" of bumbling guys who seem to have frequent trouble dating girls?

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