22 Jun 2019

Virtual reality takes a leap into taste

Champalimaud Researchers develop a system for creating virtual taste realities in fruit flies.

Virtual reality takes a leap into taste

optoPAD is a newly developed system for creating virtual taste realities. It combines advanced optical and genetic techniques with touch-screen technology to monitor and control feeding behaviors and taste sensations in fruit flies. This new tool, which is now being freely shared with the scientific community, significantly extends the toolset available to study feeding behavior in this model organism, which in turn may provide important insight into the neural circuitry that underlies food choice.

From edible to irresistible: Creating virtual taste realities with light.
Credit: Diogo Matias.

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