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Title: Neuron's function revealed

There's a new way to explore biologys secrets. With a flash of light, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energys Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkelmore »ey zeroed in on the type of neural cell that controls swimming in larval zebrafish. Using innovative light-activated proteins and gene expression techniques, the scientists zapped several zebrafish with a pulse of light, and initiated a swimming action in a subset of fish that was traced back to the type of neuron that drives the side-to-side motion of their tail fins. The technique behind this needle-in-haystack search for the neural roots of a specific behavior could become a powerful way to learn how any biological system works.« less
Title: Neuron's function revealed
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
OSTI Identifier: 1047281
Resource Type: Multimedia
Research Org: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org: USDOE
Subject: 59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES ; neuron ; biology ; larval ; zebrafish ; simulation ; lawrence ; berkeley ; national ; laboratory ; university ; of ; california ; neural ; cell ; biological system
Country of Publication: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 0:00:10
System Entry Date: 2016-01-27