- Within sight: Light-activated drugs for restoring vision
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have developed a set of light-sensitive compounds called photoswitches that could be used to bypass damaged photoreceptors and restore vision to blind or visually impaired people.
- An OFF switch for pain
Chemists at LMU Munich, in collaboration with colleagues in Berkeley and Bordeaux, have now shown in laboratory experiments that it is possible to inhibit the activity of pain-sensitive neurons using an agent that acts as a photosensitive switch.
- Correct Protein Folding
Berkeley Lab Researchers Identify Structure of Key Control Element Behind Protein Misfolding That Can Lead to Disease
- Nanoscale Imaging of Protein Aggregates in Huntington’s Disease
Using super-resolution (SR) fluorescence imaging, scientists at Stanford University distinguished single molecules of Huntingtin (Htt) protein with nanometer precision within protein aggregates.
- Nanoparticles deliver combination cargos directly to cancer targets
In a study published online in the journal Nature Materials in April, investigators constructed synthetic “protocells” that were used to kill liver tumor cells without adversely affecting healthy cells.
- Neurons Filter Out Irrelevant Information
Scientists have discovered how a small subset of neurons in the zebrafish brain has a big impact on an important behavior—the ability to hunt down prey.
- With A Flash Of Light, A Neuron's Function Is Revealed
September 16, 2009
There’s a new way to explore biology’s 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.