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  • Attack or retreat? Circuit links hunger and pursuit in sea slug brain

    Rhanor Gillette, a University of Illinois molecular and integrative physiology professor, left, and graduate student Keiko Hirayama found a simple circuit in the sea slug brain that integrates hunger, sensory information and memory to drive the animal's response to the smell of food.

    Rhanor Gillette, a University of Illinois molecular and integrative physiology professor, left, and graduate student Keiko Hirayama found a simple circuit in the sea slug brain that integrates hunger, sensory information and memory to drive the animal's response to the smell of food.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • Editor's note: To contact Rhanor Gillette, call 217-333-0328; email rhanor@illinois.edu.
    The paper, “A Neuronal Network Switch for Approach/Avoidance Toggled by Appetitive State,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.