Thursday, June 12, 2014
Mapping the Earliest of Visual Systems
Science Daily. "Older larvae turn away from the light and swim to the sea floor where they develop into adult worms. Scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen have discovered that this change in the behavioral response to light is coupled to different neuronal systems underlying the eyes. The scientists have reconstructed the first neuronal map of a visual system, from the input of the light stimulus up to the behavioral reaction -- the directional turning of the swimming larva. Using this neuronal map, the biologists can glimpse the evolution of vision." Read more.