NPR shares how scientists mapped out the connectome of a larval fruit fly.
The brain of the fruit fly larva is a lot simpler than a human’s, with about 500,000 connections to map. But it’s still a major step up from the best-mapped model organisms so far, such as the roundworm and the larval sea squirt.
With a full map, or connectome, of the larval fruit fly brain, scientists can start to understand how behaviors shape, and are shaped by, the specific wiring of neural circuits.
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