Published in Drug Week, May 13th, 2005
The new technique permits researchers to use drugs to switch the molecules on and off as precisely and reversibly as a light switch controls a lamp. Current genetic and chemical manipulation techniques are more akin to eliminating entire electrical circuits or breaking the light bulbs in the lamps.
The researchers said the technique will enable them to explore how the molecules, which are called neurotrophins, regulate the growth and survival of neurons in newborn and adult animals. Studying...
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