Open Source Platform for Fruit Fly Brain Emulation

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Mon, Sep 29th, 2014 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Neurokernel is an open source platform that acts as the "operating system" of the brain. This software would allocate resources in order to provide "the programmability required by the constituent elements of a fly brain model."

Although emulation of the fly brain may superficially seem more daunting than developing models of the nervous systems of simpler organisms, there are reasons why the fly may be a preferable model organism. One major factor is the range of complex nonreactive behaviors exhibited by the fly that can be experimentally probed using a well-developed toolkit of powerful genetic techniques for manipulation of its neural circuitry. Moreover, an increasing number of powerful experimental methods have been developed for obtaining precise recordings of the fly's neuronal responses to stimuli that are not yet available for other organisms.

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