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AI Controls Laser-Guided Robot Worms
AI Controls Laser-Guided Robot Worms
Automated control of light-responsive nematode worms marks the first foray into the development of multicellular, biorobotic organisms.
AI Controls Laser-Guided Robot Worms
AI Controls Laser-Guided Robot Worms

Automated control of light-responsive nematode worms marks the first foray into the development of multicellular, biorobotic organisms.

Automated control of light-responsive nematode worms marks the first foray into the development of multicellular, biorobotic organisms.

optogenetics
Blind Patient Recovers Partial Vision with Optogenetics
Blind Patient Recovers Partial Vision with Optogenetics
Alejandra Manjarrez | May 24, 2021
After receiving an intraocular injection of the gene for a light-sensitive protein, a 58-year-old man diagnosed with the neurodegenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa was able to locate objects on a table using engineered goggles.
Mice Share Each Other’s Pain and Fear
Mice Share Each Other’s Pain and Fear
Amanda Heidt | Jan 14, 2021
The animals adopt the emotional state of their cagemates, and the parts of the brain engaged during the process are different for pain and fear, according to a new study.
Researchers Make Mice Smell Odors that Aren’t Really There
Researchers Make Mice Smell Odors that Aren’t Really There
Ruth Williams | Jun 18, 2020
Using optogenetics, scientists have simulated the sense of smell directly within the mouse brain to investigate the nature of olfactory perception.
How Manipulating Rodent Memories Can Elucidate Neurological Function
How Manipulating Rodent Memories Can Elucidate Neurological Function
Amber Dance | May 1, 2020
Strategies to make lab animals forget, remember, or experience false recollections probe how memory works, and may inspire treatments for neurological diseases.
Infographic: Messing with a Mouse’s Memory
Infographic: Messing with a Mouse’s Memory
Amber Dance | May 1, 2020
Researchers have developed ways to manipulate neurons involved in a particular memory to make mice recall an experience or to remember something that never happened.
Image of the Day: Virtual Landscape
Image of the Day: Virtual Landscape
Emily Makowski | Nov 25, 2019
Flashing lights activate fly navigation neurons.
Glowing Proteins Enable Stem Cell Stimulation for Stroke Recovery in Mice
Glowing Proteins Enable Stem Cell Stimulation for Stroke Recovery in Mice
Nicoletta Lanese | Oct 1, 2019
A new method helps neural stem cells form synaptic connections, thereby restoring lost brain function.
Infographic: Light in the Dark
Infographic: Light in the Dark
Nicoletta Lanese | Oct 1, 2019
A new tool helps stem cells integrate with host neural circuitry after implantation in mice.
The Cerebellum’s Secrets: A Profile of Kamran Khodakhah
The Cerebellum’s Secrets: A Profile of Kamran Khodakhah
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 1, 2019
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine neuroscientist has revealed surprising functions of the brain region, such as its role in the brain’s rewards circuits and in addiction.
Remote Control of Peripheral Nerves
Remote Control of Peripheral Nerves
Ruth Williams | Oct 1, 2019
An implantable wireless device with microfluidic and optical components allows manipulation of individual nerve fibers in mice’s extremities.
Infographic: Open and shut
Infographic: Open and shut
Chia-Yi Hou | Sep 1, 2019
Researchers devise a way to make plants’ stomata open and close more quickly.
A Synthetic Ion Channel Makes Plants Grow Faster
A Synthetic Ion Channel Makes Plants Grow Faster
Chia-Yi Hou | Sep 1, 2019
Arabidopsis with guard cells modified by a light-activated potassium ion channel can open and close stomata more quickly, conserving water.
Optogenetic Manipulations Create Perception Without Sensory Input
Optogenetic Manipulations Create Perception Without Sensory Input
Ruth Williams | Jul 18, 2019
Advanced single-cell optogenetic tools have enabled researchers to induce a learned behavior in mice without the associated visual cue.
Image of the Day: Bright Idea
Image of the Day: Bright Idea
Shawna Williams | Nov 5, 2018
Researchers flipped light-sensitive proteins upside down for a new twist on optogenetics.
Using Temperature-Sensitive Channels to Study Neural Circuitry
Using Temperature-Sensitive Channels to Study Neural Circuitry
Devika G. Bansal | Nov 1, 2018
Meet the researchers building a thermogenetic toolbox.
Forgotten Memories Brought Back in Mice
Forgotten Memories Brought Back in Mice
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 5, 2018
By stimulating specific neurons in mouse brains, researchers demonstrate that memories from infancy are not lost, but merely difficult to access.
Here Comes Single-Cell Optogenetics
Here Comes Single-Cell Optogenetics
Ruth Williams | Mar 1, 2018
A new protein may allow researchers to home in on individual neurons, determining their activity minute by minute.
DBS with Nanoparticle-Based Optogenetics Modifies Behavior in Mice
DBS with Nanoparticle-Based Optogenetics Modifies Behavior in Mice
Diana Kwon | Feb 8, 2018
Researchers develop a new technique to selectively activate neurons deep in the rodent brain, taking a step toward noninvasive brain stimulation for neurological disorders.
Optogenetic Therapies Move Closer to Clinical Use
Optogenetic Therapies Move Closer to Clinical Use
Shawna Williams | Nov 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.