activating neurons with fiber-optic implants

Ed Boyden shows how, by inserting genes for light-sensitive proteins 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

A light switch for neurons

via YouTube – Ed Boyden: A light switch for neurons.

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