How mechanical tearing cuts neural connections in the fruit fly

How mechanical tearing cuts neural connections in the fruit fly

How mechanical tearing cuts neural connections in the fruit fly Scientists from the Institute of Neuro- and Behavioral Biology at Münster University have been studying the regulated removal of neural connections in the model system of the Drosophila fruit fly. They find that mechanical forces play an important role in the process. Nerve cells communicate with one another via long processes known as axons and dendrites, or, more generally, neurites. During development, these processes first grow and form connections with …