UK and US neuroscientists to create insect brain simulation

‘The BNA is the organisation that brings together people from different disciplines who wouldn’t otherwise talk to each other.’Professor Dame Uta Frith, UCL – winner of the BNA’s ‘Outstanding Contribution to Neuroscience Award’, 2013. 09 Dec 2015 – A first draft of the fruit fly’s brain – all its neural circuitry and synaptic connections – is expected to be achieved within a decade. Researchers believe the model will help develop a better understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer’s or motor neurone disease as well as help identify potential new drug targets. Drosophila is one of the most popular model organisms to study The project is being led by neuroscientsts at Sheffield University in the UK and Columbia University in the US, ad is jointly funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences…


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