Imagine being able to control biological processes with your mind. A new experiment suggests this is possible. By combining optogenetics and cybernetics, humans were able to use their thoughts to alter genes in mice. In future, these mind-operated implants could be used to self-treat migraines, back pain, epilepsy, and other disorders.

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Image: Thoughts control a near-infrared LED, which starts the production of a molecule in a reaction chamber. (Martin Fussenegger et al., ETH Zurich)

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"By combining optogenetics and cybernetics, humans were able to use their thoughts to alter genes in mice"

There are several layers to why this is the greatest sentence ever written in English.

1. The implications of this technology are crazy amazing. It's like science fiction come to life. Truly Singularity-level technology right there.

2. Cybernetics. Altering genes. Controlled by thought. You may as well have just told me that I can now download a pizza from The Pirate Bay.