Monday, November 30, 2015
Mind Control Genes
Scientist have developed a way to control genes in mice with their minds. An individual wears a headset what is connected to an implant inside a mouse. With the proper control, the person is able to turn on a gene in the mouse. This is shown by a light that is turned on when the proper signal is sent. Genes are what dictate how much of a particular protein is made. Therefore, a person is able to adjust the flow of proteins in an animal just by thinking about it. With some ingenious thinking, this can be applied to the treatment of diseases and help with some mental disabilities.
When an individual has an epileptic seizure they produce a specific brain wave. This brain wave can be the signal to turn on a gene inside the person’s body to help with the epileptic seizure. Therefore, the seizure can start being treated before the person even knows that anything is happening at all. This can dramatically decrease the damage from the epileptic seizure and potentially save lives.
In addition to discovering how the brain works, it’s exciting to see a new rapid response for mental disabilities. Also, I believe that this can be applied to other medical fields such as the heart. A person at risk of a heart attack could have blood thinners immediately released into their system before they even know they are having a heart attack. This technology has more than enough potential to save lives and bring comfort to many people at risk.