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Scientists Hijack Fruit Fly Brains To Remote Control Their Wings

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  • A team of researchers at Rice University have officially been able to hack into the brains of fruit flies and successfully command them to make a specific movement — with just a click of a wireless remote control.
  • The new advancement was published in a peer-reviewed study published in the journal Nature Materials.
  • The team first created genetically modified flies bred to express a specific heat-sensitive ion channel which, when activated, caused the insects to spread their wings.

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