He may share a name with a villain from Dragon Ball Z, but unlike his evil super villain doppelganger, Gero Meisenboeck is not bent on world domination through optical mind control. Instead, he uses optogenetics to control the brain and understand how it works.

“In the quest to map the brain, many scientists have attempted the incredibly daunting task of recording the activity of each neuron… Miesenboeck works backward — manipulating specific neurons to figure out exactly what they do, through a series of stunning experiments that reengineer the way fruit flies percieve light.”

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