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Creating the world’s first complete fruit fly ‘cell atlas’


VIB team maps each individual fly brain cell throughout the aging process. Stein Aerts (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research) and his team have accomplished a world first: a gene expression map of every cell within the brain of an aging fly. While fly brains are comparatively simple, consisting of only 100,000 different cells, they are still complex networks that aptly serve as models for the human brain. Thus, the atlas is a key step toward a better understanding of human disease development.​