Learning How a Fruit Fly Forgets

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Science  17 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5533, pp. 1271-1272
DOI: 10.1126/science.1064604

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There are three stages to memory: acquisition, storage, and retrieval. But distinguishing which brain structures are involved in each stage has been very difficult. In their Perspective, Waddell and Quinn discuss new findings showing that synaptic output from structures in the fruit fly brain called mushroom bodies is required for memory recall but not for its acquisition and storage ( McGuire et al.).