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2014-04-25 10:11:04

Scientists have bioengineered, in neurons cultured from rats, an enhancement to a cutting edge technology that provides instant control over brain circuit activity with a flash of light.

2014-04-25 10:04:46

Nearly a decade ago, the era of optogenetics was ushered in with the development of channelrhodopsins, light-activated ion channels that can, with the flick of a switch, instantaneously turn on neurons in which they are genetically expressed.

2014-04-01 15:11:54

Networked nerve cells are the control center of organisms.

2013-10-17 17:14:11

With the flick of a light switch, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies can change the shape of a protein in the brain of a mouse, turning on the protein at the precise moment they want.

Motivation Pathways In The Brain Can Fail And Cause Depression
2012-11-19 06:37:26

Researchers have isolated the neurons responsible for determining whether or not exerting effort in order to complete a task is worth the energy -- a discovery which could help medical professionals better deal with depression and other brain-related disorders.

2011-08-11 06:42:48

A new technique that stimulates heart muscle cells with low-energy light raises the possibility of a future light-controlled pacemaker, according to this study.

2010-01-22 13:39:46

Researchers at the medical university Karolinska Institutet have created a genetically modified mouse in which certain neurons can be activated by blue light.

2010-01-07 13:48:04

New tools show potential for treating brain disorders.


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