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Friday Paper Post - Friday Oct. 17th

You may have thought I fell asleep and forgot to make blog posts forever…

Don’t worry I’m awake :)

More papers catching up from the summer. 919 more words

Friday Paper List

UC Davis Researchers Use Light to Erase Memories in Genetically Altered Mice

Much like using UV light to erase data from an EPROM, researchers from UC Davis have used light to erase specific memories in mice. used optogenetic techniques to test current ideas about memory retrieval. 386 more words

Medical Hacks

Using light to control the brain

Controlling nerve cells in the brain is a promising therapeutic avenue for sufferers of Parkinson’s disease, stroke, depression, anxiety and addiction. However, how can this be achieved in a way that specifically targets only the nerve cells that are involved in the disease? 930 more words


Friday Paper Post - Sunday October 12th

Wow…. So summer happened… and more.

Very behind on posting. So far behind that my folders of papers resemble the picture on the top of the blog. 891 more words

Friday Paper List

Scientists use optogenetics to show that episodic memory retrieval involves coordination between hippocampus and cerebral cortex

From UC Davis News:

Manipulating memory with light

October 9, 2014

During memory retrieval, cells in the hippocampus connect to cells in the brain cortex. (Photo illustration by Kazumasa Tanaka and Brian Wiltgen/UC Davis)

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Neuroscience + Nanotech + Optogenetics = BRAINseed

“It’s clear to everybody that any attempt to understand how the brain works, or ultimately what we might mean by cognition, is so daunting and so large that no one institution could hope to be a stand-alone leader in such an effort,” said Graham Fleming, UC Berkeley vice chancellor for research as scientists from UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory revealed their teams’ bold plans to jump-start new brain research. 87 more words

Health And Medicine

An optimized optogenetic clustering tool for probing protein interaction and function

The Arabidopsis photoreceptor ​cryptochrome 2 (​CRY2) was previously used as an optogenetic module, allowing spatiotemporal control of cellular processes with light. Here we report the development of a new ​CRY2-derived optogenetic module, ‘​CRY2olig’, which induces rapid, robust, and reversible protein oligomerization in response to light. 89 more words