Brain and cognitive sciences

Making connections in the eye

August 7, 2013

Making connections in the eye

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Anne Trafton, MIT News Office

The human brain has 100 billion neurons, connected to each other in networks that allow us to interpret the world around us, plan for the future, and control our actions and movements.

DNA damage may cause ALS

September 15, 2013

DNA damage may cause ALS

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Anne Trafton, MIT News Office

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease — is a neurodegenerative disease that destroys the neurons that control muscle movement.

Controlling movement with light

June 25, 2014

Controlling movement with light

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Anne Trafton | MIT News Office

For the first time, MIT neuroscientists have shown they can control muscle movement by applying optogenetics — a technique that allows scientists to control neurons’ electrical impulses with light

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