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onsider, for a moment, the sex lives of fruit flies. They might seem very different from ours, with seductive wing-fluttering, oh-so-sensual buzzing, and ritual partner-tasting through gustatory organs on their legs.

But if you thought you were unique in the bedroom — or at least unlike an arthropod — Jianjun Sun has news for you. Not only does everyone’s favorite lab insect have a penchant for oral foreplay, but the female fruit fly’s egg cells also act a lot like a human’s — and Sun hopes he can use that similarity to develop a new kind of contraceptive.

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