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Optogenetics: Controlling the Brain with Light

This short blogpost illustrates optogenetics — a radical new technology for controlling brain activity with light that I recently rediscovered. Optogenetics is an emerging field of research that is combing ‘ 127 more words



There is an emerging field called optogenetics that is combing optics with genetics to modify the activities of brains.  Researchers genetically modify certain neurons to activate when they receive pulses of light.  43 more words

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Using Optogenetics to Battle Type I Diabetes

Researchers from the National Defense Medical College in Japan may be shining a light – literally – on new therapies for patients with diabetes.

Writing in the journal… 536 more words


Using Light instead of Drugs for Pain Relief

Opioids, a type of pain-killing drug, interact with opiod receptors on brain cells to reduce the body’s pain response. Neuroscientists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis recently discovered a way to activate opioid receptors with light, and their research was… 433 more words


Microfluid device can control neurons and delivery drugs wirelessly.

A team of researchers from Washington University, National Institutes of Health and University of Illinois have developed a wireless device the width of a human hair that can be implanted in the brain and activated by remote control to deliver drugs.  704 more words


In 'Self/less,' a man cheats death by transferring his mind to another body — here's how close we are to making that reality

July 16, 2015

In the new movie “Self/less,” which comes out Friday, July 10, a wealthy man dying of cancer (played by Ben Kingsley) cheats death by transferring his consciousness to the body of a younger man (Ryan Reynolds). 1,095 more words


SPEAK OUT! NewsBit . . . . . . . . . . . Depression Reversed in Mice

Depression Reversed in Mice

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NOTE: This news is especially important for young brain-injury survivors because clinical application may take 10-20 years. 444 more words

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