New York University researchers have created a “developmental atlas” of gene expression in neurons, using gene sequencing and machine learning to categorize more than 250,000 neurons in the brains of fruit flies.
The findings reveal that neurons exhibit the most molecular diversity during development. The researchers, led by Claude Desplan, Ph.D., professor of biology at NYU, also discovered a previously unknown type of neurons that is only present before flies hatch.
The research was funded by the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. The study was published in today's Nature.
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