Published in Medical Imaging Business Week, June 7th, 2007
This trend article is an immediate alert from NewsRx to identify the most recent news developments at Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Report 1: Researchers have devised a clever way to activate neurons in a living mouse by shining light on the surface of the animal's brain. The "light switch" that turns neurons on is actually a light-sensitive protein that is produced by algae. When this protein is genetically engineered into the neurons of living mice, researchers can precisely trigger those neurons with light, causing them to generate electrical impulses.
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