Mar 11, 2023

Scientists create first detailed map of insect brain with 3,016 neurons

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Perhaps, human consciousness can be fully understood one day.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins and Cambridge universities have created the first-ever map of the wiring patterns of every neuron in the fruit fly larval brain.

Neurons in an organism’s nervous system, including the brain, are linked to one another by synapses.

University of Cambridge.

The meticulously created connectome, which took 12 years to complete, depicts the locations of all 3,016 neurons in the fruit fly larval brain (Drosophila melanogaster). The 548,000 synapses that connect those brain cells allow the cells to communicate chemically with one another, which in turn causes electrical signals to be sent through the wiring of the cells.

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