Researchers have managed to find an electronic circuit in our lower brainstem that can induce sleep at the flick of a switch. They hope it can provide
new treatments for insomnia and other sleep disorders. With my tin foil hat securely in place, I think about all the possibilities this discovery can
lead to. I wonder if they could wire a dimmer switch to it and keep us dumb but not totally asleep, much like things are now.
'Before these tools were developed, we often used 'electrical stimulation' to activate a region, but the problem is that doing so stimulates
everything the electrode touches and even surrounding areas it didn't.
'To get the precision required for these experiments, we introduced a virus into the PZ that expressed a 'designer' receptor on GABA neurons
only but didn't otherwise alter brain function,' explains Patrick Fuller, assistant professor at Harvard and senior author on the paper
Are humans really as complex as we make ourselves out to be? Or does our lack of understanding cause us to overthink how the body functions? When we
find simple ways to alter our senses, society usually changes in big ways. The obvious being drug use. Next will be "designer receptors".
'When we turned on the GABA neurons in the PZ, the animals quickly fell into a deep sleep without the use of sedatives or sleep aids.'
Sounds scary. What else could this discovery lead to? How about sedating animals for health and safety reasons? How about a whole army fitted with a
built in kill switch incase they turn on their masters? Power napping at work?
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