Under the Microscope: Fly brain and gut (Lecture 14 of 17) Cambridge University

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Cambridge University's Under the Microscope is a collection of videos that show glimpses of the natural and man-made world in stunning close-up. Check out the rest of the series here: http://bit.ly/A6bwCE

PhD student Paola Cognigni shows us this beautiful image of a fruit fly's brain and gut.

Paola Cognigni:

"This video shows the anatomical and functional connection between the brain and the gut in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. This work is carried out in Dr Irene Miguel-Aliaga's lab in the Department of Zoology as part of a research project that aims to find and explain the interactions between internal organs and their importance in growth and health."

The brain is about 700 microns wide: about the size of a pencil tip.

The image was taken on the Zoology Dept Imaging Facility on a Leica SP5 confocal system.

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