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LCD Projector Used to Control Brain and Muscles of Tiny Organisms Such as Worms, Georgia Institute of Technology Reveals


1/18/2011 9:10:03 AM

EurekAlert! -- Researchers are using inexpensive components from ordinary liquid crystal display (LCD) projectors to control the brain and muscles of tiny organisms, including freely moving worms. Red, green and blue lights from a projector activate light-sensitive microbial proteins that are genetically engineered into the worms, allowing the researchers to switch neurons on and off like light bulbs and turn muscles on and off like engines.

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