Sexual frustration decreases lifespan -- at least in flies

November 28, 2013 7:02 PM

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Sexual frustration decreases lifespan -- at least in flies

This will change your whole concept of dead sexy: The chemical attractant wafting from a female fruit fly shortened the lifespan of male flies when the femme fatale didn’t deliver on the signal’s promise, according to a new study.

Male fruit flies who pick up on the female pheromone will decrease their fat stores and lose resistance to starvation, according to the study published online Thursday in the journal Science.

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