Dirty flies offer clues to neural circuits

Researchers have mapped the brain mechanisms that drive movement in grooming fruit flies. That could help fight Parkinson's disease and OCD.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
March 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: brains optogenetics movement science-and-technology flies motor-neurons

Red and green light refine control of optogenetics

A new feat in optogenetics used red and green light to raise and lower the speed of beating heart cells.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Nov. 6, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: cancer nanotechnology genes optogenetics colors cells health-and-medicine

Can brain implants with lasers ‘reprogram’ our genomes?

"Optogenomics" could one day offer the ability to manipulate our genomes, potentially upending treatment for cancer and other diseases.

Cory Nealon-Buffalo • futurity
July 17, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: nanotechnology genes brains genomes lasers optogenetics genetic-engineering health-and-medicine implants

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