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Could flies help us understand brain injuries?

Each year, an estimated 1.7 million people in the United States sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These injuries occur most frequently from falling, but can also result from military combat, car accidents, contact sports or domestic abuse. Recently, physicians and researchers have become increasingly concerned that even mild cases of repetitive brain trauma could have long-term, unanticipated consequences.

Fruit Fly Brain
This is a picture of an adult fruit fly brain taken under a confocal microscope.
Credit:SDSU Department of Biology