Temporary disconnects shed light on long-term brain dysfunction

IMAGE: Red and green dots reveal a region in the brain that that is very dense with synapses. A special fluorescent protein allows Dr. Ofer Yizhar and his group to record… view more Credit: Weizmann Institute of Science Will we ever be able to understand the cacophonous chatter taking place between the 80 million neurons in our brains? Dr. Ofer Yizhar and his group in the Weizmann Institute of Science’s Neurobiology Department have taken a large step in this direction with a new research method that can provide scientists with targeted control over vital parts of the brain’s communications. Yizhar works in the relatively new field of optogenetics, in which scientists use genetic engineering and laser light in thin optical fibers to investigate the living brain. With these tools, scientists can…


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