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Allows scientists to stimulate neurons with flashes of light without requiring genetic modification

March 24, 2015

The new technique, described in the journal Neuron, uses targeted, heated gold nanoparticles.

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Science & Technology

Optogenetics without the genetics

One of the greatest revolutions in neuroscience over the past few decades has been the discovery of optogenetics, a method that allows scientists to control neural activity with light. 864 more words

At The Bench

New Study-Deep Brain Stimulation Reverses Cocaine-induced Changes in the Brain

An interesting new study published in Science used deep brain stimulation (DBS), a technique approved for treatment of some psychiatric disorders but with an unknown therapeutic mechanism, to reverse cocaine-induced changes of the reward circuitry in the mouse brain. 145 more words

Drug Addiction

Visual interface for eyes !!

According to H+ Magazine, DARPA scientists has developed a Direct neural interface chip,  which can lay up as a heads up display for our neural vision. 81 more words


OCD and Optogenetics

University of Pittsburgh researcher, Dr. Susanne Ahmari, is using optogenetics to study obsessive-compulsive disorder. In optogenetics, scientists insert genes for light-sensitive proteins into the brains of animals. 415 more words

Mental Health

The Sentry (Bob Reynolds) and the Brain

Optogenetics. It sounds like genes being lit up in neon colors, like a flashy Las Vegas sign.

But what is it really?

Optogenetics is a technique that takes advantage of proteins found in certain algae species that respond to different wavelengths of light. 643 more words