A Coordinated Effort: Study by MCDB researchers finds that a mutation in a transient receptor potential channel in fruit flies impairs fine motor control but leaves gross motor proficiency intact

Jun 1, 2015

In a new study that focuses on locomotion in the fruit fly — a relatively simple animal that exhibits many of the same behaviors as humans and other mammals — MCDB’s Craig Montell and his research team have identified a transient receptor potential (TRP) channel that plays a key role in the insect’s fine motor coordination. Their research is published in the journal Nature Communications.

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