Thursday, June 02, 2011

Bees yield clues to unlocking brain disorders - UQ News Online - The University of Queensland

Bees yield clues to unlocking brain disorders - UQ News Online - The University of Queensland: "Queensland Brain Institute researchers are a step closer to unlocking the mysteries of disorders like schizophrenia and autism – through peering into the brains of bees.

The cascade of molecular changes that take place in honeybees' brains when they process and learn sensory information has important parallels for human brains, says QBI's Dr Judith Reinhard.

“Honeybees are a great model system for understanding the functioning of both healthy brains and brain disorders, because many of the underlying processes are similar in insects and humans,” she said."

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