Histological stain of motor neurons in purple and green, with some overlapping
Researchers Use Ultrasound to Control Neurons in Mice
A study shows “sonogenetics” could be a useful new tool in neuroscience and other fields.
ABOVE: Corinne Lee-Kubli, Chalasani Lab
Researchers Use Ultrasound to Control Neurons in Mice
Researchers Use Ultrasound to Control Neurons in Mice

A study shows “sonogenetics” could be a useful new tool in neuroscience and other fields.

A study shows “sonogenetics” could be a useful new tool in neuroscience and other fields.

ABOVE: Corinne Lee-Kubli, Chalasani Lab

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Variety of sweeteners - Stevia, sugar, pollen and honey stock photo
How the Gut Differentiates Artificial Sweeteners from Sugars
Chloe Tenn | Jan 21, 2022
Signals from sweeteners and sugars are relayed from the gut to the brain by different neural pathways, a new study concludes.
Image of fruit fly epithelial cells (pseudo colored in this micrograph)
Epithelial Cell Signaling Helps Maintain Tissue Integrity
Annie Melchor | Nov 1, 2021
Using a transgenic fruit fly model, researchers demonstrate how epithelial barriers are maintained in living organisms despite high levels of cell turnover and death.
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The Scientist Speaks - Finding that Sweet Spot: Understanding Gut Perception One Cell at a Time
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Apr 29, 2022
Maya Kaelberer discusses her research investigating how sensory cells in the gut guide feeding behavior.
Image of nerve fibers shown in green and red
Neurons Simplify Visual Signals by Responding to Only One Retina
Anne N. Connor | Oct 1, 2021
Mice have neurons that connect to both eyes but only propagate the signal from one or the other, simplifying the information sent to the cerebral cortex.
cartoon image showing colorful collection of syringes, coronavirus particles, and mrna to represent the vaccine development
Optogenetics and mRNA Vaccines Net Lasker Awards
Annie Melchor | Sep 24, 2021
This year’s winners are Dieter Oesterhelt, Peter Hegemann, Karl Deisseroth, Drew Weissman, Katalin Karikó, and David Baltimore.
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Heating Up CAR T Cells for Cancer Therapy
Roni Dengler, PhD | Sep 10, 2021
Heated gold nanoparticles unleash the therapeutic activity of engineered CAR T cells.
illustration of a blue neuron lit with red
Neuron-Released Protein Can Set Off Inflammation: Study
Marcus A. Banks | Aug 19, 2021
Research in mice suggests that moderating nerve activity with drugs or electrical pulses could modify tissue immune responses, curtailing the chronic pain often associated with inflammatory conditions.
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An illustration of a microscope objecting beaming blue light onto a nematode worm with the labels objective, agar substrate, micro laser beams, paralyzed c. elegans, and controlled c. elegans movement
AI Controls Laser-Guided Robot Worms
Ruth Williams | Jul 8, 2021
Automated control of light-responsive nematode worms marks the first foray into the development of multicellular, biorobotic organisms.
a drawing of black goggles receiving a beam of light than is then transmitted to an eyeball. from the retina there is a zoom-in of blue and purple cells and purple viruses
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.
neuroscience, mice, fear, pain, empathy, social transmission, emotion contagion, optogenetics, analgesia, Stanford University
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
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
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
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
Emily Makowski | Nov 25, 2019
Flashing lights activate fly navigation neurons.
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
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
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
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
Chia-Yi Hou | Sep 1, 2019
Researchers devise a way to make plants’ stomata open and close more quickly.