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Science 300 (5618): 440-441

Copyright © 2003 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Wiring the Brain with Insulin

Barry J. Dickson

The activities of insulin in regulating glucose levels and controlling many other physiological processes are well documented. Surprisingly, as Dickson comments in his Perspective, insulin has now been found to participate in guiding photoreceptor cell axons from the retina to the brain during development of the visual system in the fruit fly (Song et al.).

The author is at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria. E-mail: dickson{at}

Dissecting muscle and neuronal disorders in a Drosophila model of muscular dystrophy.
H. R. Shcherbata, A. S. Yatsenko, L. Patterson, V. D. Sood, U. Nudel, D. Yaffe, D. Baker, and H. Ruohola-Baker (2007)
EMBO J. 26, 481-493
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