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Title: Neuron's function revealed

Abstract

There's a new way to explore biologys secrets. With a flash of light, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley 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. http://newscenter.lbl.gov/press-releases/2009/09/16/light-activated-protein/

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1047281
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; LBNL; UC BERKELEY; NEURAL CELL; ZEBRAFISH; LIGHT-ACTIVATED PROTEINS; GENE EXPRESSION; BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS

Citation Formats

None. Neuron's function revealed. United States: N. p., 2009. Web.
None. Neuron's function revealed. United States.
None. Thu . "Neuron's function revealed". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1047281.
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