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Science Geneticists evolve fruit flies with the ability to count

July 15, 2012

A team of geneticists has announced that they have successfully bred fruit flies with the capacity to count.

After repeatedly subjecting fruit flies to a stimulus designed to teach numerical skills, the evolutionary geneticists finally hit on a generation of flies that could count — it took 40 tries before the species’ evolution occurred. The findings, announced at the First Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology in Canada, could lead to a better understanding of how we process numbers and the genetics behind dyscalculia — a learning disability that affects a person’s ability to count and do basic arithmetic.

Text and Image via Wired. Continue article HERE

2 comments

  1. If you read the complete article, you realize how unscientific the experiment is.


  2. Agreed. However, many other studies and projects are benefiting from unorthodox and unscientific approaches.



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