Mind control for beginners: A mouse expressing ChR2 channels in its neurons starts running when it receives blue light in its motor cortex. Unsure what applications the researchers expect to come out of their achievement – if you have any suggestions do share them in the comment box.
The experiment was conducted by Karl Deisseroth and colleagues at Stanford University. Thanks Arjen Boender.
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today it is a mouse..... do we need animals/ creatures with remote controlled brains? what right do we have to think that everything is to our use, and as we please on this planet? where does it end?
using some sort of flocking algorhithm, an entire horde of mice could be controlled/manipulated collectively.... the sheer force of numbers could provide a new and very lethal biotech weapon which could be used to sabotage strategic infrastructure as well as quickly delivering biological agents.
That would be an awesome toy for my cat. Until it "breaks". Also, mount (or implant it, the creature doesn't need its own eyes any more anyways) a camera and you have a pretty neat explorer.