An app for eye disease, and planting memories in songbirds | Science

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Host Sarah Crespi talks with undergraduate trainee Micheal Munson from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, about a smart device app that scans photos in the phone’s library for eye disease in kids

And Sarah talks with Todd Roberts of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, about incepting memories into zebra finches to study how they learn their songs. Utilizing a strategy called optogenetics—in which particular nerve cells can be managed by pulses of light—the scientists presented incorrect tune memories by switching on nerve cells in various patterns, with longer or much shorter note periods than normal zebra finch tunes.

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