Dec 9, 2022

Using Light to Manipulate Neuron Excitability

Posted by in categories: genetics, neuroscience

Summary: A new optogenetics-based technique allows researchers to control neuron excitability.

Source: MIT

Nearly 20 years ago, scientists developed ways to stimulate or silence neurons by shining light on them. This technique, known as optogenetics, allows researchers to discover the functions of specific neurons and how they communicate with other neurons to form circuits.

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