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Published July 2014 | metadata_only
Journal Article

Reverse Engineering Animal Vision with Virtual Reality and Genetics


Neuroscientists are using virtual reality systems, combined with other advances such as new molecular genetic tools and brain-recording technologies, to reveal how neuronal circuits process and act on visual information. The Web extra at http://youtu.be/e_BxdbNidyQ is an overview video showing the FlyVR system in operation, including four example experiments.

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© 2014 IEEE. This work was funded by ERC (Starting Grant 281884), WWTF (CS2011-029), and AFOSR (FA9550-10-1-0085), with IMP core funding to Andrew D. Straw, an FWF (P24355) grant to Axel Schmid, and AFOSR (FA9550-06-1-0079) and NSF (0923802) grants to Michael H. Dickinson. The fly brain images were made by Karin Panser with help from the IMP-IMBA bio-optics department, and the IMP-IMBA workshop helped with construction of the VR arenas. All flies were obtained through the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center. G. Rubin and A. Nern generated the GMR81G07-GAL4 line (BDSC 40122), and B. Hassan and H. Bellen generated the ato-Gal4-14a-GAL4 line (BDSC 6840). The IMP workshop helped build the VR arenas. Emil Persson provided the panoramic image texture used in many of the images.

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