Geneticists in Canada have finally succeeded in an experiment that lasted for 40 generations. Generations of fruit flies, I mean. The flies were kept in containers, and lights were repeatedly flashed on them. When the number of flashes was two or four, the container was given a shake.
At that point, if you're a creature that can count, you'd start hunkering down for a shake when you counted that the even-numbered flash was coming up. The flies didn't do this -- not until they had evolved to learn how, which took 40 generations.
The researchers, from Ontario's Wilfrid Laurier University and the U. of California, say that this may shed light on the genetic factors influencing human mathematical ability. Personally, I'd think breeding numerate flies would be enough of an end in itself.
This actually a very pretty fly. It kind of reminds me of a bee, too.
See life in all its beautiful colors, and
from different perspectives too!
Question, who funds the study to see if flies can count? Don't get me wrong, if this ends up saving lives or creating something important, I wont complain. But seriously? Thats like the shrimp treadmill! Seriously?!?!?
Do you truly not know what psychology is? Your comment is absurd. This IS good science. An achievement that doesn't need to be looked down upon because it is not based creating some type of medicinal drug? You need to study psychology, wait don't do that because then your entire life will be wasted posting comments like you have just done.
Evolution? How sad, how nieve... how hilarious XD
Just pointing out the error.
So we're breeding animals to learn how to count so that someday, when they escape their torment-cages, they know exactly how many of us to kill.
Actually Teslas was hoping for something like this...
Scientists hope to create fruit fly's that can lift their right legs on an even number of light flashes, and lift their left legs on an odd number of flashes. Experts are speculating the fruit flies will create quite a buzz on prime time television because with the right combination of even and odd flashes the flies could actually recreate dance moves. FOX's So You Think You Can Dance, has entered into negotiations with the researchers to have 100 dancing fruit flys participate in the kick-off of season 8.
You know, they should have taken this a step further and tested generations #41+ to see if the knowledge was passed on or if generation #40 just got lucky.
not about the evolution thing, I don't even know where you're coming from with that, but hopefully they followed the Scientific Method and made sure the results were reproduceable. Although, an entire generation learning, instead of just a small percentage of a generation, is quite remarkable.
Amazing, if you can see the possibilities this brings about, you probably shouldn't be posting here.
Evolution is a tool of environmental adaptation, these fly's are adapting to said environment over a course of time or generations.
Wow! More actual proof of evolution.
Ignorant people will not like this one bit.
Which is why they shouldn't read science articles.
Its hard to stay ignorant if you keep learning stuff.
40 generations. That's how many reincarnations it took us to pass calculus,