Light used to control brain cells

Researchers have developed a method for “silencing” neurons using an external light source.

Research done by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has uncovered a way to control neurons using light sensitive molecules and an external light source.

Previous forms of optogenetics required a light source planted in the skull. The research could provide valuable assistance for the non-invasive research of neurological disorders such as epilepsy.

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