the Fly Mind Altering Device

Our FlyMAD system is online! This is a system for targeting freely walking flies (Drosophila) with lasers. By steering the optical path of the laser using large diameter mirrors, it also enables simultaneous imaging of the target region. This enables through-the-mirrors (TTM) targeting of specific body parts. Together, all this allows rapid thermo- and opto- genetic manipulation of the fly nervous system.

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The full reference is:

Bath DE✱, Stowers JR✱, Hörmann D, Poehlmann A, Dickson BJ, Straw AD (✱ equal contribution) (2014) FlyMAD: Rapid thermogenetic control of neuronal activity in freely-walking Drosophila. Nature Methods. doi 10.1038/nmeth.2973