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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Where Science Meets Society


Tracing contacts
Zeiss LSM 710 Confocal Microscope

Image provided by Wylie Ahmed, Taher Saif Lab

Research funded by National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation

The complex, multicolored scaffold in this image shows the interconnected nerves and muscles inside a fruit fly larva. With a simple dissection, researchers can reveal and study these connections. For example, a single nerve cell can be removed, and the responses of the surrounding nerve and muscle cells can then be observed and recorded.