Yale Researchers Use Laser Light to Remote Control Flies

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  1. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Scientists at Yale have genetically designed triggers in the brains of fruit flies that allow the flies’ behavior to be controlled with laser light, according to an article in the April 8 issue of the journal Cell.

    In some experiments the light controls were engineered to alter how the flies jump, beat their wings and fly in an escape response. In other experiments, the light controls were used to activate dopamine neurons that stimulated walking and affected the types of paths the flies chose to follow. Loss of dopamine cell activity in humans underlies Parkinson's disease, a movement disorder.

    http://www.yale.edu/opa/newsr/05-04-07-01.all.html


    Potentially scary stuff... mind control by light. :eek:
    (Just being unnecessarily alarmist :))
     
  2. Mr. Durden macrumors 6502a

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    Funny. My first thought was, "How is the military going to use this? Fly spies? Fly bombs?
     
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    Ever been to a dimly-lit, "romantic", little restaurant nook with a (potentially) significant other? :)
     
  4. Mr. Durden macrumors 6502a

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    Ooooooo. Much better than a military use of this technology. :D
     
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    Ah the changing face of romance, it used to be wine and flirtatious conversation... now it's that special someone with a laser pointer.
    :p
     
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    I thought we had already achieved this on humans in wide-scale experiments with organized light from a cathode ray tube... :D
     
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    Yeah, I.....ooohhhh gotta get back to work, the boss' light compels me to...
     
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    Go Yale Bull dogs!!!

    Would be really cool to use headless flies in war!!!

    But what's scary is that this technology can be used on humans!! :eek:
     

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