optogenetics

CYBORGS

Watch a Human Mind-Control a Cyborg Mouse

A group of researchers used optogenetics and brain implants to make mice ignore sex and food.
Samantha Cole
3.30.18
Eternal Sunshine

Scientists Used Light to Enhance Memories in Mice While They Slept

When it comes to the role of sleep in memory formation, it’s all about the timing.
Daniel Oberhaus
7.13.17
memories

A ‘Memory Hacker’ Explains How to Plant False Memories in People’s Minds

Scientist Julia Shaw explains false police confessions (and reports of alien abductions).
Kate Lunau
9.14.16
future

CRISPR Pioneer Feng Zhang Talks About What's Next for Gene Editing

Zhang is looking for newer and even more powerful ways to edit genes
Kate Lunau
3.23.16
Lasers

Scientists Zapped Mouse Brains with Lasers to Bring Back Lost Memories

New study could lead to treatments for Alzheimer's
Kate Lunau
3.16.16
lit up

How Optogenetics Could Shine a Light on the Causes and Treatment of OCD

Pulsing light on genetically modified neurons revealed a link between specific brain cells and compulsive behaviour.
Emily Reynolds
11.24.15
Health

Scientists Just Created an Artificial Skin that Could Let Patients Feel Again

Researchers have created a new material that can send pressure sensations to brain cells.
Emiko Jozuka
10.15.15
Science

Scientists Can Now Control Brains Using Noninvasive Sound Pulses

'Sonogenetics' uses sound to switch off and on genetically modified neurons. It's similar to optogenetics, but noninvasive.
Jason Koebler
9.15.15
jacked in

How Shining Light Into the Brain Can Switch On an Erection or Switch Off Pain

Blue lights and gene therapy could potentially be used to treat blindness, PTSD, and obesity.
Caleb Garling
6.9.15
Drugs

Goodbye Pills: Light Could Be the Painkiller of the Future

Scientists activated opiate receptors in mice with light.
Jordan Pearson
4.30.15
Sex

These Rats Get Instant Erections When Bathed in Blue Light

A brand new way to get blue balls.
Jason Koebler
3.24.15
Science

How to Make a Smiley Face out of Living Neurons

It requires some experimental brain stimulation techniques.
Jordan Pearson
12.22.14
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