Here's a story from the New York Times reporting on work from Gero Miesenböck at the University of Oxford and published recently in Cell. In the study, the biologists used light to activate a group of cells in the fly brain to lay down a bad memory and assess how flies respond to the reminder of a negative experience. "Dr. Miesenböck’s team was able to distinguish, by their genetics, different classes of the dopamine-making neurons. By tagging each class of neurons with a gene that makes a fluorescent protein, they could make the dopamine neurons light up and they could trace their circuitry," the article says. "Only one class, consisting of just 12 neurons, made the right connections in the fly’s brain to function in learning shock avoidance."
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