Scientists can make mice sleep when they want with an optogenetic switch brain implant. When the switch is turned on, the mice went into REM sleep in only seconds. However, when the switch was off, the optogenetic switch implant had the opposite effect, and the mice had difficulty entering REM sleep.




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Laser light toggles mice into deep, dreamy sleep

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The researchers inserted an optogenetic switch into a group of nerve cells located in the ancient part of the brain called the medulla, allowing them to activate or inactivate the neurons with laser light. When the neurons were activated, sleeping mice …Researchers find neural switch that turns dreams on and off UC Berkeley Scientists identify neural switch for dreaming Medical News Today all 2 news articles »

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