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The Quest for Mice With Frickin' Laser Beams (Pointed At Their Brains), Building A Laser Controller

is working on a research project involving optogenetics. From what we were able to piece together optogenetics is like this: someone genetically modifies a mouse to have cell behaviors which can activated by light sensitive proteins. 308 more words

Laser Hacks

Scanbox does 2p-SLM stimulation! (And the mystery of the disappearing cell)

Scanbox is almost ready for in-vivo, two photon stimulation using spatial light modulators!  In our first set of experiments we are are testing the system in SOM cells co-expressing  520 more words


ARC Review: I.D.

I.D. by Emma Ríos
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A dystopian tale that analyzes the conflict between perception and identity through the struggle of three people who consider a ‘body transplant’ as a solution to their lives. 283 more words


Optogenetics, the immortal cells of Henrietta Lacks, and one's future cure for Alzheimer's

Back in the days of learnedness at university, where it was incumbent upon us to learn about the flaws and fallacies of laboratory research techniques in order for us to challenge the currently held models of  the human body, I spent a year dedicated purely to neuroscience. 987 more words

Optogenetics: controlling the brain with lasers

Today we are going to look at how you can control the mind with lasers!

Optogenetics is a neuroscience technique in which you can manipulate neurons, a type of brain cell, with light. 500 more words


Flypi -100$ microscope/behavioural setup!

We’ve been working in collaboration with the folks of TrendinAfrica (trendinafrica.org) to develop a cheap, yet reliable, open source microscopy system to be used by scientists and DIY biologists. 100 more words


Exciting cells and controlling heartbeats – could optogenetics create drug-free treatments?

A laser-controlled brain or a heart that beats in time to a disco light display sound like some of the more vivid imaginings of science fiction writers. 983 more words