Hooked On Light – Could Reveal The Biochemistry Of Addiction

Hooked On Light - Could Reveal The Biochemistry Of Addiction

mouse responding to light 

A newly created set of light-sensitive proteins grants scientists unprecedented control over the brain’s biochemistry, potentially shedding light on addiction and other complex neural processes. To demonstrate the potential of this novel molecular toolbox, researchers from Stanford University engineered mice to carry light-sensitive proteins in the brain’s reward center, which responds to drugs of abuse. Using pulses of light delivered directly to the brain, researchers were able to induce a druglike state, ultimately conditioning the mice to behave like drug-addicted animals.

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AdminPatch: Pain-Free Hypodermic Alternative

AdminPatch:  Pain-Free Hypodermic Alternative 

Nanobioscience’s AdminPatch sounds like a pretty amazing way to deliver drugs into the body: it’s got a metal surface covered in millions of tiny microneedles that puncture the skin. You may instantly think “Ouch!” but since these are so small and pierce the skin shallow enough to avoid pain receptors, the system is apparently painless.

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Senecavirus Kills Cancer Cells Without Hurting Healthy Cells

Senecavirus Kills Cancer Cells Without Hurting Healthy Cells 

It’s a hard concept to grasp that a virus can infect a cell and actually do a good thing by killing the cell. This is what happens when a Senecavirus hits a cancer cell. What’s more the Senecavirus kills the cancer cell without hurting any healthy cells around it.

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