Wouldn’t it be cool if you could control neural function down to nearly the cellular level with a simple pulse of light?
This kind of cell-specific response has been a decades-long challenge for neuroscientists. Now, although it’s not perfect, optogenetics could allow scientists to manipulate neurons with more control than ever before. Learn more about how it works in this video from MIT.
And don’t worry Iggy, slime molds are cool too. Here’s how they self-organize to do things like solve mazes and map the most efficient layout for the Tokyo rail system. Not bad for a protist, eh?