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Cutting the Wire

By | December 1, 2014

Optical techniques for monitoring action potentials

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Viviana Gradinaru: Clearing the Way

By | December 1, 2014

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Caltech. Age: 33

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The Scientist on The Pulse, November 14

By | November 14, 2014

Mounting and drilling a comet, mind-controlled gene expression, and dissecting cat genomes

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Mind-Controlled Gene Expression

By | November 11, 2014

A light-inducible optogenetic implant in mice, powered by EEG, responds to a human participant’s mental state.

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Light-Activated Memory Switch

By | August 27, 2014

Scientists use optogenetics to swap out negative memories for positive ones—and vice versa—in mice.

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Laser-Guided Chastity

By | July 1, 2014

Scientists devise a precision-targeted system for training, tracking, and tweaking fruit fly social behavior.

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Laser-Guided Cock Block

By | July 1, 2014

See the experiment that used lasers and optogenetics to alter sexual behavior in Drosophila.

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Linking Neurons to Behaviors

By | March 27, 2014

Researchers have created a brain-wide map detailing links between sets of activated neurons and behaviors in fruit fly larvae.

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Mental Map

By | November 13, 2013

From determining structures to figuring out functions, brain-mapping scientists are applying new technologies to understand the hub of the central nervous system.

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Next Generation: Cells Communicate with Light

By | October 20, 2013

Researchers design a clear cellular scaffold called a hydrogel that can be used to detect and transmit light to cells in vivo.

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