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Descending neurons: Disentangling the strings that organize behavior

  1. Matthieu Louis  Is a corresponding author
  2. Julie H Simpson
  1. University of California Santa Barbara, United States
  2. University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
Cite this article as: eLife 2018;7:e38410 doi: 10.7554/eLife.38410
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Like controlling the movements of a puppet using only a few strings, the fly brain must control the entire behavioral repertoire of the fly based on the information transmitted by a small set of descending neurons.

SEZ: subesophageal zone. VNC: ventral nerve cord.

IMAGE CREDIT: Matthieu Louis and Julie H Simpson, using a photograph of Drosophila melanogaster from Nicolas Gompel.

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