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  • Simulated sea slug gets addicted to drug

    Rhanor Gillette sits in front of equipment he uses to stimulate and monitor the brains of real sea slugs.

    Rhanor Gillette and his colleagues simulated a sea slug brain in a computer model, added a few extra circuits, and gave it access to food and an intoxicating drug. The work offers insight into the process of  addiction and will be a useful tool for further studies, Gillette said.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • Editor’s notes

    To reach Ekaterina Gribkova, email gribkov2@illinois.edu.

    To reach Rhanor Gillette, email rhanor@life.illinois.edu.

    The paper “Simple aesthetic sense and addiction emerge in neural relations of cost-benefit decision in foraging” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-66465-0.