Using Sound Waves to Control Behavior of Brain Cells

Using Sound Waves to Control Behavior of Brain Cells
Marina Bershteyn via AP

What if you didn't need surgery to implant a pacemaker on a faulty heart? What if you could control your blood sugar levels without an injection of insulin, or mitigate the onset of a seizure without even pushing a button?

I and a team of scientists in my laboratory at the Salk Institute are tackling these challenges by developing a new technology known as sonogenetics, the ability to noninvasively control the activity of cells using sound.

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