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Here Comes Single-Cell Optogenetics

By Ruth Williams | March 1, 2018

A new protein may allow researchers to home in on individual neurons, determining their activity minute by minute.

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Researchers develop a new technique to selectively activate neurons deep in the rodent brain, taking a step toward noninvasive brain stimulation for neurological disorders.

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Optogenetic Therapies Move Closer to Clinical Use

By Shawna Williams | November 16, 2017

With a clinical trial underway to restore vision optogenetically, researchers also see promise in using the technique to treat deafness, pain, and other conditions.

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Flickers of Hope

By Anna Azvolinsky | November 1, 2017

Li-Huei Tsai began her career in cancer biology, then took a fearless leap into neuroscience, making singular breakthroughs along the way.

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Kyle Smith Shines a Light on Addiction

By Shawna Williams | November 1, 2017

The Dartmouth College professor uses optogenetics to probe the neurological routes of habitual behavior.

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Lighting Up Monkey Brains

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | November 1, 2017

Optogenetic and chemogenetic tools illuminate brain and behavior connections in nonhuman primates.

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To Each His Own

By Mary Beth Aberlin | November 1, 2017

Every human brain is far more unique, adaptable, and vulnerable than ever suspected.

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Image of the Day: Hippocampal Jalapeno

By The Scientist Staff | August 30, 2017

To tease apart brain regions involved in forming versus remembering memories, scientists engineered mice whose brain cells could be manipulated and tagged.

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Primate Brains Made to See Old Objects as New Again

By Abby Olena | August 17, 2017

Optogenetic stimulation of the perirhinal cortex can cause macaques to process never-before seen-objects as familiar and known objects as brand new.

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Image of the Day: Power Move 

By The Scientist Staff | July 25, 2017

When certain neurons in the prefrontal neurons cortex are turned on, mice subjugate their neighbors in a display of power. 

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