Scientists Can Control Mice Brains Wirelessly

Dec 02, 2016 at 11:00 AM ET

These mice no longer have a mind of their own, thanks to neuroscientist research at Stanford University. The scientists genetically modified cells in these mice’s brains to respond to light, and also implanted a blue light in their brains. When the blue light switches on, the light triggers brain cells that have been genetically modified to respond.  The experiment isn’t just to get the mice dizzy—by studying these engineered mice’s behaviors, researchers can better understand how the nervous system and brain works.