Khadi Optogenetics press release
Turning genes on and off using pulses of light

Optogenetic systems are novel research tools that allow the regulation of neuronal activity. They use engineered photoreceptor proteins that change gene expression upon a light stimulus. These receptors are bound to chromosomes and directly manipulate the genetic function of the targeted cells. This allows rapid manipulation of gene function via chemical reactions. 

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This artwork was created for a press release of the University of Bristol announcing funding for research on optogenic systems.