Time To Control Your Genes
The latest discovery to create a gene network which can be directly controlled by the brainwaves has fulfilled the century-old wish of humans to control their genes
What if you can control your genes via the power of thought? It is not a script of a sci-fi movie but a reality. A team of researchers is able to develop a new gene regulation method that can control the conversion of genes into proteins. In layman’s term, with this experiment we will be able to control our genes via our power of thought.
The system works with the help of an EEG headset. The recorded brainwaves are analyzed and wirelessly transmitted via Bluetooth to a controller, which in turn controls a field generator that generates an electromagnetic field—this supplies an implant with an induction current. A signal is then send to an integrated LED lamp that emits lights and
illuminates a culture chamber containing genetically modified cells. So when the near-infrared light illuminates the cells, they start to produce the desired protein.
The implant was initially tested in cell cultures and mice, and controlled by the thoughts of various test subjects. The researchers used SEAP for the tests, an easy-to-detect human model protein which diffuses from the culture chamber of the implant into the mouse’s bloodstream. To regulate the quantity of released protein, the test subjects were categorized according to three states of mind: bio-feedback, meditation, and concentration.
Previous studies have also shown that genes can be expressed using light—a process which uses optogenetics where cells or genes are engineered to respond to light.
The team said that the system functions efficiently and effectively in the human-cell culture and human-mouse system. The researchers hope that a thought-controlled implant could one day help combat neurological diseases, such as chronic headaches, back pain, and epilepsy by detecting specific brainwaves at an early stage and controlling the creation of certain agents in the implant at exactly the right time.
By Rohan Pal