Feeding Mistiming Decreases Reproductive Fitness in Flies.

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Summary of "Feeding Mistiming Decreases Reproductive Fitness in Flies."

The diurnally active fruit flies prefer a major meal in the morning. Feeding the flies in the evening uncouples their metabolic cycle from circadian activity rhythms. A paper by Xu et al. in this issue of Cell Metabolism found that such uncoupled rhythms reduce egg laying.


Regulatory Biology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, 10010 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA.

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Name: Cell metabolism
ISSN: 1932-7420
Pages: 613-4


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