Optogenetics Is Shining Light on Neuroscience Mysteries
Behold the eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. The growing field of optogenetics — which involves controlling neural activity with light — has recently shown promising results, giving hope to scientists searching for treatments for degenerative brain diseases and injuries. Optogenetics can target and control neurons with extreme precision and, unlike pharmaceutical treatments, it can do so in real time. So far there have been positive results in treating Alzheimer’s and epilepsy, and with less invasive optogenetics tech on the horizon, researchers hope the future will be even brighter.