Bees and cocaine

Bee ... drug test findings

Bee … drug test findings


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BEES react to cocaine by dancing madly, “talking” more and exaggerating, tests found.

And they struggle to cope when the Class A drug is withdrawn.

Dr Andrew Barron fed the insects cocaine for a week to test the effect on their brains and behaviour patterns.

He found bees that usually “tell” others of pollen using a “waggle dance” did so more frantically when given cocaine.

Dr Barron, of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, said: “When we withdrew the drug, we did a learning test and their performance just crashed.”

The findings show bees may be useful in substance abuse research.

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