Optogenetics

September 16, 2016
ICYMI: Hawaiian crows are our new favorite animal
September 16, 2016

ICYMI: Hawaiian crows are our new favorite animal

So smart that adolescents can teach themselves to use tools.

By K. Davis,   September 16, 2016
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July 1, 2016
Scientists use light to nuke cancer cells in mice
July 1, 2016

Scientists use light to nuke cancer cells in mice

But hopefully not give them weird tans.

By D. Lumb,   July 1, 2016
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April 26, 2016
Researchers use light and genes to fight cancer
April 26, 2016

Researchers use light and genes to fight cancer

Optogenetics can prevent or even reverse tumor growth.

By J. Fingas,   April 26, 2016
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March 20, 2016
Blind woman may see thanks to gene therapy and light
March 20, 2016

Blind woman may see thanks to gene therapy and light

Optogenetics are getting their first proper test in humans.

By J. Fingas,   March 20, 2016
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March 18, 2016
Watch tissue-based robots move in response to light
March 18, 2016

Watch tissue-based robots move in response to light

In case regular robots aren't freaky enough for you.

By S. Dent,   March 18, 2016
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November 17, 2015
LED implants could ease your pain
November 17, 2015

LED implants could ease your pain

One day, eliminating pain may just be a matter of flicking on a light. Scientists have shown that...

By J. Fingas,   November 17, 2015
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October 14, 2015
Lasers help prove parts of the brain 'sleep' while you're awake
October 14, 2015

Lasers help prove parts of the brain 'sleep' while you're awake

Have you ever spaced out in the middle of a conversation without dozing off completely? MIT scient...

By S. Dent,   October 14, 2015
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October 12, 2015
Researchers control fruit flies' hearts with a laser
October 12, 2015

Researchers control fruit flies' hearts with a laser

Scientists have directly controlled animals before, but these approaches tend to either require su...

By J. Fingas,   October 12, 2015
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August 18, 2015
Scientists stimulate mouse brains with wireless 'charger'
August 18, 2015

Scientists stimulate mouse brains with wireless 'charger'

For reasons we'll soon explain, turning on a light inside a mouse's head can help scientis...

By S. Dent,   August 18, 2015
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