HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Femtosecond laser technique opens new opportunities for research on neural regeneration

SANTA CRUZ, CA--In a breakthrough for research on nerve regeneration, a team of scientists has reported using femtosecond laser pulses to precisely cut individual axons of nerves in the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans, one of the most versatile and widely used experimental organisms for genetic and biomedical research. The nerves severed by this precision technique regrew within 24 hours, often with complete recovery of function.

The project was a collaboration between applied physics researchers at Stanford University led by Adela Ben-Yakar and biologists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, led by Yishi Jin and Andrew Chisholm.

The team's findings give researchers an experimental system in which they will be able to investigate in great detail the genetic and molecular factors that control whether or not damaged nerves can regrow, said Chisholm, an associate professor of molecular, cell, and developmental biology at UCSC.

"This technique will enable us to find the genes that are important in allowing an axon to regenerate. In the worm, we can do systematic screening of large numbers of genes, and of drugs and other small molecules as well, to ask how they affect the process of regeneration," Chisholm said.

The researchers reported their findings in a paper published in the December 16 issue of the journal Nature. The first author of the paper is Mehmet Fatih Yanik, a Stanford graduate student in applied physics, who worked with Ben-Yakar to develop the laser nanosurgery setup used in the study. Ben-Yakar initiated a femtosecond laser nanosurgery project two years ago at Stanford and is currently an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. The other coauthors include Jin, a professor of molecular, cell, and developmental biology at UCSC and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator; Hulusi Cinar, a postdoctoral researcher in Jin's lab; and Hediye Nese Cinar, a postdoc
'"/>

Contact: Tim Stephens
stephens@ucsc.edu
831-459-2495
University of California - Santa Cruz
15-Dec-2004


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Particle emissions from laser printers might pose health concern
2. Worlds first X-ray free electron laser is on course to completion
3. Nanocomposite labeled cancer cells can be targeted and destroyed using lasers
4. A laser uncovers the logic of the stomata function
5. Silver bullet: UGA researchers use laser, nanotechnology to rapidly detect viruses
6. OHSU eye doctor says laser surgery safer than contacts
7. Whale bubble nets, saxophone sounds, ultrasonic laser
8. Laser technologist to receive $500,000 MacArthur grant for genius in innovative laser applications
9. Quantum cascade lasers key to handheld gas and liquid sensors
10. Scientists develop nanotech-laser treatment that kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue
11. Remote control flies?: Fly behavior controlled by laser light

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/16/2016)... , June 16, 2016 ... is expected to reach USD 1.83 billion by ... View Research, Inc. Technological proliferation and increasing demand ... are expected to drive the market growth. ... The development of advanced multimodal techniques ...
(Date:6/9/2016)... leader in attendance control systems is proud to announce the introduction of fingerprint attendance ... the right employees are actually signing in, and to even control the opening of ... ... ... Photo - ...
(Date:6/7/2016)... -- Syngrafii Inc. and San Antonio Credit Union (SACU) ... Syngrafii,s patented LongPen™ eSignature "Wet" solution into SACU,s ... in greater convenience for SACU members and operational ... document workflow and compliance requirements. Logo ... Highlights: ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:12/6/2016)... ... December 06, 2016 , ... The ... asking the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to consider OA as a serious disease. ... concerned about the growing population of OA patients, many of whom may experience ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... , ... December 06, 2016 ... ... Great Point Partners ("GPP") portfolio company, today announced it has acquired the ... a subsidiary of Chiltern International and focuses on clinical trial drug packaging, ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... 6, 2016  SRI International has been awarded ... the National Institutes of Health,s National Institute of ... AIDS (NIAID-DAIDS) to support the manufacturing and characterization ... agents. Under the seven-year contract, SRI will provide ... for candidate HIV-prevention products that emerge from investigator-initiated ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... Axovant Sciences Ltd. (NYSE: AXON ... treatment of dementia, today announced that data on the ... disease will be presented at the 2016 Clinical Trials ... 2016 in San Diego . Intepirdine ... and complex measures of activities of daily living (ADLs) ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: