Do Not Underestimate The Value Of Fly Brains

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Comprised of only around 100,000 neurons, the Drosophila fruit fly brain is capable of highly complex behaviors. Getty Images

This link is in the spirit of appreciating the value of the lowliest members of our day to day encounters with nature, and the role they play in helping scientists better understand phenomena important to humans. Thanks to Kevin Jiang and the Harvard Gazette:

Where we get our sense of direction

Experiments reveal how visual cues reorganize course-sensing neurons in fruit flies

Read the whole article here.

3 thoughts on “Do Not Underestimate The Value Of Fly Brains

  1. Fruit flies have been an all around scientific bonanza. A lot of the early work in genetics was done on fruit flies. Basically choosing the right test organism can make a huge difference. Max Delbruck selected phage viruses and made huge advances.

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