News Release 09-045 - Video
Caltech biologist David Anderson describes his interest in the neural circuits of fruit flies.
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Caltech biologist David Anderson describes his interest in the neural circuits of fruit flies. He is generally interested in defensive behaviors as manifestations of emotional states, and in when and how in evolution emotional states first appeared. The flies' hunkering-down behavior in response to a gentle wind seemed like an interesting model defensive behavior to use to begin to dissect the neural circuits and genes underlying it.
Credit: Caltech and the National Science Foundation