Optogenetics

Compulsive no more

June 6, 2013

Compulsive no more

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Anne Trafton, MIT News Office

By activating a brain circuit that controls compulsive behavior, MIT neuroscientists have shown that they can block a compulsive behavior in mice — a result that could help researchers develop new

Controlling genes with light

July 22, 2013

Controlling genes with light

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Anne Trafton, MIT News Office

Although human cells have an estimated 20,000 genes, only a fraction of those are turned on at any given time, depending on the cell’s needs — which can change by the minute or hour.

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

Noninvasive brain control

June 29, 2014

Noninvasive brain control

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Anne Trafton | MIT News Office

Optogenetics, a technology that allows scientists to control brain activity by shining light on neurons, relies on light-sensitive proteins that can suppress or stimulate electrical signals within

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