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Researchers take control of mice using brain magnets

Aug 21, 2017, 3:34 AM EDT
(Source: Elena Gurzhiy/flickr)
(Source: Elena Gurzhiy/flickr)

Scientists at the University of Buffalo have used a technique, called magneto-thermal stimulation, to remotely control physical movements in mice, a development that could be an initial step towards developing more effective therapies for brain disorders and mental illnesses.

The experiment was conducted on genetically-engineered mice and resulted in no damage to their brains, encouraging the researchers with its noninvasive nature, notes New Atlas.

Existing brain-stimulation techniques, such as optogenetics and chemogenetics, involve use of laser lights and engineered proteins respectively, and have their own limitations, writes The Guardian.

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