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A connectome and analysis of the adult Drosophila central brain

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The neural circuits responsible for animal behavior remain largely unknown. We summarize new methods and present the circuitry of a large fraction of the brain of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. Improved methods include new procedures to prepare, image, align, segment, find synapses in, and proofread such large data sets. We define cell types, refine computational compartments, and provide an exhaustive atlas of cell examples and types, many of them novel. We provide detailed circuits consisting of neurons and their chemical synapses for most of the central brain. We make the data public and simplify access, reducing the effort needed to answer circuit questions, and provide procedures linking the neurons defined by our analysis with genetic reagents. Biologically, we examine distributions of connection strengths, neural motifs on different scales, electrical consequences of compartmentalization, and evidence that maximizing packing density is an important criterion in the evolution of the fly’s brain.



Research Article, Computational and Systems Biology, Neuroscience, connectome, brain regions, cell types, graph properties, connectome reconstuction methods, synapse detecton, D. melanogaster

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eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (Internal funding)
Google (Internal funding)
Wellcome (203261/Z/16/Z)