A Molecular Geneticist's Approach to Understanding the Fly Brain
To probe the workings of the nervous system, we will need to be able to assay and manipulate the function of individual neuronal cells and cell types. The intellectual framework for such an approach has been articulated by several research groups over the past ten years. But tools have been inadequate for the job. I will discuss efforts to develop and apply some of the tools that will be required for a comprehensive analysis of the anatomy and function of the fly brain at the level of individual cell types and circuits using examples from our recent work on the mechanisms of learning and memory.