Scientists Turn Off Pain Using Nothing But Light
Pain is a hard problem. Sure, we can throw a little morphine at
Put simply, a team of scientists has developed a way to turn pain on and off using light. They used a technique known as
So that's pretty awesome. What's even more impressive is the fact that researchers made the discovery by accident. Optogenetics is a burgeoning field pioneered by Karl Deisseroth who was a co-author of a study about the new technique published this week in Nature Biotechnology . It enables scientists to control nerves using just light. Scott Delp, whose lab made the discovery, was exploring the use of optogenetics to control muscle movement when he found that the opsins were also affecting the nerves that controlled pain. "We thought 'wow, we're getting pain neurons, that could be really important,'" Delp said in a statement .
The excitement offered by optogenetics don't stop at pain relief, of course. Just a few months ago, scientists also figured out how to control hunger using opsins and light therapy. Experts say the field could impact everything from brain disease to alcoholism . And they make it look so easy. [ Stanford ]
Contribute to GizmodoWrite for Us
FROM THE WEB
10 Ridiculously Weird Things You Can Buy Online
13-yr-old Ashwini needs help to fight Cancer!
Help family recover from a horrific accident!
Baby needs an urgent surgery in next 48 hours
Father's Incredible battle to save his Girl!
Help Olympian Jisna prepare for Tokyo 2020!
MORE FROM GIZMODO
How to Create a Minimalist Desktop to Be Proud Of
Holi Moo! the festival will be the place to be in Delhi this
That Crumpled Candy Wrapper Remembers What You Did
Meitu’s newly unveiled T8 smartphone uses AI for perfect se
New Moto G5 photos leak out yet again
FCC Decides Consumers Don't Need Net Neutrality Transparenc
You May Like
Help father save his premature twin babies!
Help this 5-month-old baby girl live!
Help this father save his son's heart!
Help This Pastor save his 4-yr-old Daughter!
Help Poor Watchman get heart surgery and live
Help Abdul win a medal for India!