Scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Virginia have successfully mapped the circuitry in a small region of a fruit fly brain. It is a small but important step, according to the researchers, in gaining a better understanding of how the much larger and more sophisticated human brain processes information. Rob Muir has more.
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