Neurons Simplify Visual Signals by Responding to Only One Retina
Neurons Simplify Visual Signals by Responding to Only One Retina
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.
Neurons Simplify Visual Signals by Responding to Only One Retina
Neurons Simplify Visual Signals by Responding to Only One Retina

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.

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.

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Optogenetics and mRNA Vaccines Net Lasker Awards
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.
Neuron-Released Protein Can Set Off Inflammation: Study
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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AI Controls Laser-Guided Robot Worms
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.
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.