Common fruit fly or vinegar fly (Drosophila melanogaster) under a microscope (x 12.5) | DeAgostini/Getty Images

Powerful Search Algorithm Was Inspired by Fruit Fly’s Brain

Computer scientists followed nature’s lead to develop a similarity-search algorithm that mimics the odor-sniffing circuitry of insects.

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This illustration represents a fruit fly executing a similarity-search algorithm based on odor. | Salk Institute