Electrical excitability is harnessed by the body for a myriad of physiological functions including communication between nerve cells and regulation of heartbeat. Diseases caused by pathological electrical over-excitability, such as epilepsy and cardiac arrhythmia, can be catastrophic. A team of biologists at New York University has discovered a new and efficient method of “silencing” neurons – effectively blocking their electrical excitability – by introducing a new twist on a standard genetic technique.
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