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Sex and the Brain (in fruit flies)

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Understanding the brain is probably the greatest scientific challenge of our century. I will briefly review how work at the level of neural circuits can provide mechanistic understanding of brain function. I will then explain why the fruit fly, Drosophila, is one of the preeminent model systems for this work. The remainder of the talk will then show how my group studies differences in the structure and function of neural circuits between male and female flies. This has recently resulted in the description, for the first time in any animal, of a sexually dimorphic circuit switch that reroutes sex pheromone information between male and female brains.

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