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Functional imaging of the system-level information processing in the "brain" of the nematode C. elegans
Nervous systems of animals have been studied extensively at molecular, cellular and behavioral levels.
However, one of the missing pieces of information in neurobiology is an understanding of the nervous system as "a system", not just as a field for many biological reactions.
With an imaging technique to visualize neuronal activities, I would like to understand how attractive or repulsive odor signals are processed to cause appropriate behavioral responses in the intact neuronal network of the nematode C. elegans, one of the simplest nervous systems.