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We had pinpointed the mechanism controlling hunger in the fly. As long as there
was some food in the region of the neck, the nervous system sent messages to
the brain stopping further eating. When no messages were sent, eating resumed.
Then there is the reproductive cycle of humans, a twenty-eight day cycle, a lunar
cycle in past evolution. These cycles are controlled by some sort of biological
clock. There is some mechanism within the animal that tells it when it is time to
True enough, but by showing that it occurs in a fly we establish that there is
something biologically basic about the phenomenon and that the mechanism for
doing it, whatever it is, is present in the small unintellectual body of a fly.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Arseny - LibraryThing
Great book, and it reads surprisingly well. The only sign of age really is the use of pronouns (the scientist is always "he", even despite the fact that female science students are mentioned several ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - juglicerr - LibraryThing
I thought that this book was hysterical. It is not the book for people wanted all the scientific facts about flies, although it does have some interesting tidbits along the way. Instead, it cheerfully ... Read full review