A Way to Control Genes within Human Brain?

14/11/2014 - 2 minutes

Researchers at the Department of Biosystems in Basel have developed a novel gene regulation method that enables thought-specific brainwaves to control the conversion of genes into proteins, so the genes expression. It opens new ways to control gene expression within your brain and could lead to brain surgeries.

In this new study, bioengineers placed implants inside mice that held small chambers of genetically modified cells. Humans wearing EEG headsets used their thoughts, creating brain waves. The resulting EEG data went to a controller that created a magnetic field that charges the implant. This caused a LED light to go off in the near-infrared range, which isn’t harmful to cells or tissue. This light hit the chamber of cells, resulting in the cells producing the protein. The implant was initially tested in cell cultures and mice, and controlled by the thoughts of various test subjects. The researchers used SEAP for the tests, an easy-to-detect human model protein which diffuses from the culture chamber of the implant into the mouse’s bloodstream. The experiment was a success,

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