Complexity Digest 2006.51 - 14
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Optogenetics: Shining New Light on Neural Circuits, Science
Excerpts: When researchers from Yale University reported last year that they'd used a laser to activate neurons in fruit flies and in turn control the insects' behavior, even Jay Leno thought it was cool. In a skit, the Tonight Show host pretended to use a remote-controlled fly to harass President George W. Bush during a speech. "I thought it was actually quite funny," says Gero Miesenboeck, the neuroscientist who led the study. A video clip of Leno's skit elicited chuckles when Miesenboeck played it during a presentation at October's meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Source: Optogenetics: Shining New Light on Neural Circuits
[ http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/314/5806/1674 ], Greg Miller, Science: 1674-1676., 06/12/15