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Researchers Map Complex Motion-Detection Circuitry in Flies

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10/08/13 | Researchers Map Complex Motion-Detection Circuitry in Flies

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Some optical illusions look like they’re in motion even though the picture is static. A new map of the fly brain also suggests motion—or at least how the fly sees movement. The new research, published in the August 8 issue of Nature, takes advantage of a high-throughput approach that speeds the charting of neuronal connections involved in motion detection.

  • During the five-year project, scientists pinpointed 8,637 connections between 379 neurons in this region of the fly brain.
  • Researchers developed several technological advances to speed the process of mapping, including use of a computer to identify neurons automatically.

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