Nerves talk to one another by passing electrical pulses through a complex network of “telephone lines”. Unfortunately, these cells can sometimes be a little too chatty causing your heart, for example, to beat in erratic and devastating ways.
A new experiment at New York University slightly altered the genetic make-up of cells in a small neuron network forcing them to hang up the phone.
Although this technique may not provide real-time, or dynamic control of neuron behaviors, it brings a new understanding in the relationship between genetic structure and neuron function. It also might lead to new treatments for diseases related by run away electrical activity.