Studying neuronal function using the Drosophila genetic system
This chapter discusses the use of Drosophila as a system for studying neuroscience across multiple levels. The simple organism has some distinct advantages over many others yet at the molecular and genetic level, the nervous system shows a high degree of evolutionary conservation. There are a few technical limitations, largely in neurophysiological techniques but these are rapidly being addressed and recent transgenic developments have the potential to more than address the balance.
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