Envisioning a fly brain

Map of fruit fly brain shows how the insect detects motion

By Laura Sanders, 13:12 PM August 12, 2013

Scientists have painstakingly mapped 379 neurons in a fruit fly’s brain that help the insect detect motion (shown). Dmitri Chklovskii of HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Va., and colleagues digitally re-created these cells — and their 8,637 connections — to understand flies’ ability to sense moving objects, a skill that’s obvious to anyone who has ever used a flyswatter. The neurons’ shapes offer clues to how visual information winds from cell to cell through the fly br...

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