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Kyle Smith Shines a Light on Addiction
Shawna Williams | Nov 1, 2017
The Dartmouth College professor uses optogenetics to probe the neurological routes of habitual behavior.
Flickers of Hope
Anna Azvolinsky | Nov 1, 2017
Li-Huei Tsai began her career in cancer biology, then took a fearless leap into neuroscience, making singular breakthroughs along the way.
To Each His Own
Mary Beth Aberlin | Nov 1, 2017
Every human brain is far more unique, adaptable, and vulnerable than ever suspected.
Image of the Day: Hippocampal Jalapeno
Staff | Aug 30, 2017
To tease apart brain regions involved in forming versus remembering memories, scientists engineered mice whose brain cells could be manipulated and tagged.
Primate Brains Made to See Old Objects as New Again
Abby Olena | Aug 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.
Image of the Day: Power Move
Staff | Jul 25, 2017
When certain neurons in the prefrontal neurons cortex are turned on, mice subjugate their neighbors in a display of power.
Karl Deisseroth Takes Home Science’s Most Valuable Award
Jef Akst | May 31, 2017
The Stanford University psychiatrist and neuroscientist known for his contributions to optogenetics and tissue clearing is awarded €4 million by the Fresenius Research Prize.
Toward Treating Alzheimer’s Disease with Brain Waves
Ashley P. Taylor | Dec 7, 2016
In a mouse model, researchers mitigated three Alzheimer’s disease–associated symptoms by stimulating gamma waves with light.
Top 10 Innovations 2016
Staff | Dec 1, 2016
This year’s list of winners celebrates both large leaps and small (but important) steps in life science technology.
The History of Optogenetics Revised
Kerry Grens | Sep 1, 2016
Credit for the neuroscience technique has largely overlooked the researcher who first demonstrated the method.