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Ed Boyden: A light switch for neurons

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Ed Boyden: A light switch for neurons

Post  Admin on Mon May 16, 2011 12:13 pm

A light switch for neurons.
Ed Boyden shows how, by inserting a light-sensitive algae gene into brain cells, he can selectively activate or de-activate specific neurons with fiber-optic implants. With this unprecedented level of control, he's managed to cure mice of analogs of PTSD and certain forms of blindness. On the horizon: neural prosthetics.

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