Mapping the fruit fly brain

Mapping the fruit fly brain

New digital atlas demystifies complex neuron shapes and connections

By Laura Sanders, 11:19 AM April 12, 2010

WASHINGTON — A new computer-based technique is exploring uncharted territory in the fruit fly brain with cell-by-cell detail that can be built into networks for a detailed look at how neurons work together. The research may ultimately lead to a complete master plan of the entire fly brain. Mapping the estimated 100,000 neurons in a fly brain, and seeing how they interact to control behavior, will be a powerful tool for figuring out how the billions of neurons in the human brain work.

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