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NYU biologists use Sinatra-named fly to show how to see the blues -- and the greens
Date:10/9/2011

s could lead to sensory confusion and reduce the fly's ability to tell apart different colors."

"An alternative possibility is that our findings point to a mechanism that allows a fly to adapt to changing circumstances," he added. "If we keep flies in the dark for extended periods of time, we start seeing the same thing happening: blue Rhodopsin5 is made in the green Rhodopsin6-producing photoreceptors, leading to cells that have both. This change could be associated with changes in the downstream circuits that must now adapt to correctly interpret the information they receive."


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Contact: James Devitt
james.devitt@nyu.edu
212-998-6808
New York University
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