A metabolite called colanic acid can extend the lifespan of worms as much as 50%. New research uses optogenetics to clarify that discovery.
Dec. 28, 2020 • ~9 min
Norepinephrine-producing neurons in the locus coeruleus produce attention focus, impulse control via two distinct connections to prefrontal cortex.
Nov. 3, 2020 • ~8 min
Brains recognize a smell based on which cells fire, in what order – the same way you recognize a song based on its pattern of notes. How much can you change the 'tune' and still know the smell?
July 8, 2020 • ~8 min
The Feng lab has developed a next-generation optogenetic system for non-invasive stimulation of neurons.
May 7, 2020 • ~5 min
Researchers have mapped the brain mechanisms that drive movement in grooming fruit flies. That could help fight Parkinson's disease and OCD.
March 6, 2020 • ~6 min
New technology helps dissect how the brain ignores or acts on information
Feb. 7, 2020 • ~5 min
A new feat in optogenetics used red and green light to raise and lower the speed of beating heart cells.
Nov. 6, 2019 • ~4 min
"Optogenomics" could one day offer the ability to manipulate our genomes, potentially upending treatment for cancer and other diseases.
July 17, 2019 • ~4 min
New optogenetic technique could help restore limb movement, treat muscle tremor.
Dec. 26, 2018 • ~7 min
Neuroscientists find chronic stress skews decisions toward higher-risk options.
Nov. 16, 2017 • ~7 min