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Fruit fly brain study confirms complexity of neurodevelopment | The Source | Washington University in St. Louis
Drosophila melanoFor years, two schools of thought have dominated neurobiologists' theories about how early nerve cells develop specialties that allow the assembly of a mature brain. One theory suggests master regulators trigger the development, while the other attributes the development to interactions between local factors. In a new study of developing fruit fly brain cells, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine and Harvard University showed that both models are valid.