Optogenetics and its application in pain and anxiety research

  title={Optogenetics and its application in pain and anxiety research},
  author={Sarah Jarrin and D. Finn},
  journal={Neuroscience \& Biobehavioral Reviews},
Chronic pain and anxiety can be debilitating disorders and are often comorbid. There is significant overlap in the neural circuitry of pain and anxiety. Current treatments for these disorders are often ineffective and have negative side-effects, making further research into pain and anxiety circuitry crucial. The technique of optogenetics is propelling the possibilities for functional neuroanatomical research. With the use of light-activated proteins called opsins, optogenetics enables the… Expand
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