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An On-Off Switch for Anxiety

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 7:35pm
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

With the flick of a precisely placed light switch, mice can be induced to cower in a corner in fear or bravely explore their environment. The study highlights the power of optogenetics technology—which allows neuroscientists to control genetically engineered neurons with light—to explore the functions of complex neural wiring and to control behavior.

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