Fruit fly brain


Research at EARA member VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research, Belgium, has taken a step forward in understanding the brain of fruit flies.


Using artificial intelligence technology, the team studied the diversity of cells during brain development at larval, pupal and adult stages.


The results, published in Nature, has allowed scientists to determine which piece of DNA – molecule containing the instructions for an organism to develop - is used for each fly brain cell.

“Given the ongoing work in mouse and human tissue and further technological improvements, it is only a matter of time before similar networks will be derived for human brain cells as well,” said group leader Prof. Stein Aerts.

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