Forbes September 24, 2021
Alex Knapp

This year’s awards, sometimes nicknamed “America’s Nobels,” honors the researchers who developed the foundation for Covid-19 vaccines and other medical innovators. 

Our brains have over 85 billion neurons, all of which connect to each other in a dizzying array of ways that result in trillions of connections inside each of our heads. Understanding these connections is essential to understanding how our brains work, and how to help fix them when something goes wrong. But for most of medical history, the functioning of the brain has been opaque. That is, until the past two decades, when researchers have been able to literally shed light on neuroscience through the use of optogenetics. This set of discovery tools uses proteins found in microorganisms...

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