Obscure brain region linked to feeding frenzy in mice

Optogenetics reveals a possible role in binge eating for nerve cells in zona incerta

mouse eating a cookie

CHOW TIME  When scientists used light to stimulate select nerve cells in a region of the brain called the zona incerta, mice began eating voraciously. The results suggest that the little-studied brain region may have a role in eating behavior.

Anthony van den Pol

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