Drosophila melanogaster prefers compounds perceived sweet by humans.

@article{GordeskyGold2008DrosophilaMP,
  title={Drosophila melanogaster prefers compounds perceived sweet by humans.},
  author={Beth Gordesky-Gold and Natasha Rivers and Osama Mohamed Ahmed and Paul A S Breslin},
  journal={Chemical senses},
  year={2008},
  volume={33 3},
  pages={
          301-9
        }
}
To understand the functional similarities of fly and mammalian taste receptors, we used a top-down approach that first established the fly sweetener-response profile. We employed the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, an omnivorous human commensal, and determined its sensitivity to an extended set of stimuli that humans find sweet. Flies were tested with all sweeteners in 2 assays that measured their taste reactivity (proboscis extension assay) and their ingestive preferences (free roaming… CONTINUE READING
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