Three Nature papers reveal detailed maps of retinal circuits, including the description of a previously unknown bipolar cell

Researchers based at the Max-Planck Institutes in Heidelberg and Martinsried, Germany and in the HHMI in Virginia, USA have published three papers in the journal, Nature (Aug 8th, 2013 Vol. 500, No. 7461) revealing intricate connectivity details and visual circuitry maps of neurons within the retina. The research, conducted on mammalian and Drosophila (fruit fly) retina reveal previously un-seen levels of detail regarding neuronal connections and motion detection. The data presents a significant milestone in understanding the biological machinery that underpins vision and should provide an initial resource for the construction of a public repository available for the interrogation of structure/function relationships in an accessible part of the brain.