Classic optical illusion leads to the discovery of critical neurons in zebrafish.

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An Optical Illusion Pinpoints an Essential Circuit Node for Global Motion Processing

Yunmin Wu, Marco dal Maschio, Fumi Kubo*, Herwig Baier *Corresponding author

Neuron 2020 September 22 DOI:10.1016/j.neuron.2020.08.027

By exposing larval zebrafish to a well-known optical illusion, researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology and National Institute of Genetics in Japan have found a clever way to isolate key clusters of neurons critical to processing the direction of motion in the zebrafish’s environment.

Details were published in the journal Neuron in September 2020. read more


Figure: Isolating a key element in the motion processing using MAE. By inducing an optical illusion in zebrafish larvae, scientists have identified a key cluster of cells in the brain that play a crucial role in motion processing.

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