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10/08/2014
Janelle Weaver, PhD
An optogenetics study provides compelling support that it is possible to inactivate bad memories in patients with post-traumatic stress disorder or to reactivate memories in Alzheimer’s...
09/09/2014
Kelly Rae Chi
Wiping out neurons in a tiny brain area eliminates a mouse’s ability to enjoy the finer things in life, including running. Read more...
07/22/2014
Janelle Weaver, Ph.D.
A new method called fiber photometry allows for direct observation of brain activity during behavior, capturing a fundamental and previously inaccessible dimension of mammalian neural circuit...
07/10/2014
Janelle Weaver, Ph.D.
An automated fluorescence microscopy system could allow researchers to efficiently and inexpensively manipulate genetically encoded light-responsive proteins in live cells. Read more...
05/28/2014
Sarah C.P. Williams
Researchers have tweaked the structure of an ion channel to allow the movement of negative ions into neurons. How will this enhance the optogenetics toolkit? Find out...
04/24/2014
Kayt Sukel
By re-engineering the light sensitivity of a particular protein, researchers have added a new element to the optogenetic toolkit. What can this highly sensitive protein accomplish? Find out...
04/17/2014
Nathan Blow, PhD
Researchers have painstakingly dissected the ability of flying insects to avoid threats. It should come as no shock that this response happens fast, but how they accomplish this feat and the speed at...
02/13/2014
Kayt Sukel
D1-type dopamine receptors have long been implicated in drug addiction. Now, researchers at Yale University School of Medicine, have found that D1-type dopamine receptor-expressing neurons in medial...
12/05/2013
Maybe you are in the lab waiting for a gel to run or on your way home and stuck on a train. For those of you looking for your science fix during these moments, podcasts provide a great opportunity to...
10/28/2013
Kayt Sukel
Retrograde labeling of neurons has contributed valuable data to synaptic connection maps, but to date, these approaches have been unable to distinguish between excitatory and inhibitory neurons....