How Fly Brains ‘Sweetly’ Encode A Lack Of Bitterness?

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : August 25, 2022

Nathaniel Snell is a Ph.D. scholar from Brown University. As a part of his, he has found out that the fly brain codes the taste of food in a more complex way than ordinary humans do. It has made a significant contribution by pleasing different Scholars and scientists in a study that has discovered a new imaging technique called trans Tango. It has been able to mention that the specific neurons in the brain circuit of the fruit flies respond to stimuli. This particular stimulus is projected towards the sweet and bitter taste. 

How the brain of the fly functions and how it can generate a reaction to taste sensations, it becomes necessary to conclude that the fly is an intelligent creature with an active mind. Scientists have decided to record the neuron activity in the neuron circuit of the fly’s brain to find out more about how the fly responds to different stimuli of sensation and smell. It is very effective to determine the actual result. It will help to understand how the brain of the Flies can function in such a situation. 

Analysis Of The New Recording

To understand the brain processing of the fly and to record the response of the fly to different types of sensory organs, Technology has to be integrated. This Technology is trans-Tango, which allows the scientist to selectively look at first-order and second-order neurons in the circuit of the fly’s brain. It is a simple algorithm tool that only allows determining this sensation produced in the fly’s brain due to the bitter and sweet taste of food items and any other product. 

Fly Brains 'Sweetly' Encode A Lack Of Bitterness

Since the primary trend and circuit of the brain are entirely different as found in human beings, scientists doubt that the neural activity in the brain is likely to display different results what different types of sensations. All of this process has been able to emphasize the importance of the life of a fly to have a selective testing mechanism so that the automatic response to stimuli inside the body is not generated. 

The Behavior Of The Flies

To prevent the side effects of this neural activity which happens when the fly tastes something sweet or bitter, and subsequent stimulus reactions are produced in the brain, the Flies need to Undertake behavior conduct. According to this conduct, the Flies try to avoid rotten and poisonous food because it does not generate positive stimuli inside the body. Even the Flies understand how the brain functions on different types of sensations, which is why they try to avoid all the sensations that produce unfavorable trends in the brain. It is likely to change the pattern of the behavior, which is why the fly makes such alterations automatically. 

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Understanding The Results

The development of this Technology has also formed another finding. If anything goes wrong with the second-order neurons, then the Flies themselves remove this taste and develop a new flavor. The same neuron is responsible for producing suitable stimuli and harmful stimuli. But the flies have the competency to ignore the bad one and take pleasure from the good one. This is the hidden tendency of flies. 


It can be concluded that this is one of the most effective research that has been undertaken with respect to the Brain functioning of the Flies. This differentiation development of stimulation does not take place inside the human mind and it is only unique to the Flies. That is why in such a situation it becomes essential to provide effective research for channelizing the utility of the same.


🔵National Library Of Medicine (n.d) Acid sensing by sweet and bitter taste neurons in Drosophila melanogaster (Available Online):

🔵National Library Of Medicine (n.d) Drosophila Bitter Taste(s) (Available Online):

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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