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The olfactory circuit of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster

  • Liang Liang
  • Liqun LuoEmail author
CUSBEA Article Series Review


The olfactory circuit of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster has emerged in recent years as an excellent paradigm for studying the principles and mechanisms of information processing in neuronal circuits. We discuss here the organizational principles of the olfactory circuit that make it an attractive model for experimental manipulations, the lessons that have been learned, and future challenges.


olfactory receptor neurons projection neurons local interneurons antennal lobe mushroom body lateral horn behavior information processing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of BiologyStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Department of Applied PhysicsStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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