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Fruit fly hunger games: Taste neurons in control

A team of neuroscientists from the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown (CCU), in Lisbon, Portugal, has discovered that were it not for specific taste neurons located in the fruit fly's proboscis (the equivalent of our tongue), the fly would not develop a craving for protein even when in excruciating need of it. The results, published in the journal eLife, could represent a step towards preventing the transmission of certain insect-borne human diseases.
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