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Transformed Channel

Caption: Researchers transformed an excitatory cellular channel borrowed from algae (above left) into a powerful inhibitory channel (lower right) that allows for precise experimental turning-off of neurons.

Credit: Andre Berndt, Ph.D., Soo Yeun Lee, Ph.D., Charu Ramakrishnan, and Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University

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