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Ed Boyden, Ph.D., one of the inventors of a new research tool called optogenetics.

Ed Boyden with a computer and equipment in his office

Ed Boyden, Ph.D., is one of the inventors of a new research tool called optogenetics that allows scientists to control brain activity using light. Boyden believes optogenetics will shed light on how the brain functions normally, and allow researchers to identify new targets for the treatment of brain disorders.

Credit: Paula Aguilera

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