A group of scientists shared the image of the ‘fruit-juice brain’, which is made up of millions of crayons and succeeded to be the most detailed brain image ever acquired.
Scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute used high-speed electron microscopy to photograph 21,000 million nanoscale images of each cell of the brain of Drosophila melanogaster (fruit juice), where 100,000 nerve cells were found. The 3D image created by combining the obtained data is both very fascinating and scientific in nature, because for the first time, a detailed brain image is obtained.
The examination of a living creature’s brain in such a detailed way is a critical step in order to understand the brain in general terms. Davi Bock, an investigative team, has stated that neurobiologists are working to produce a map of when and how neurons in the brain of the fruit’s brain communicate with each other, thanks to all the data obtained from neurobiologists, and when this map is completed, important information about the brain’s functioning will be gained.
One of the things the research team was most interested in was the part of the brain that helped to create memories, and the team tracked neurons in the brain of the brain, which sent messages to the structure, called the fungus body, which plays an important role in learning and memory acquisition and discovered a new type of neuron that communicates with cells in the fungus. Bock said there were two of these neurons, one on each side of the brain.
According to scientists conducting the research, it has been proven many times that the fruit juice has common features in a wide range of living things, including humans, in many respects, and it is said that the same is true of the brain. So the better we understand these flies’ brains, the closer they will be to solving their own brain-making.