Flipping Coins in the Fly Retina

Tamara Mikeladze-Dvali, Claude Desplan, Daniela Pistillo

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Color vision in Drosophila melanogaster relies on the presence of two different subtypes of ommatidia: the "green" and "blue." These two classes are distributed randomly throughout the retina. The decision of a given ommatidium to take on the "green" or "blue" fate seems to be based on a stochastic mechanism. Here we compare the stochastic choice of photoreceptors in the fly retina with other known examples of random choices in both sensory and other systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalCurrent Topics in Developmental Biology
StatePublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology


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