optogenetics

glowing brain

There is an emerging field called optogenetics that is combing optics with genetics to modify the activities of brains.  Researchers genetically modify certain neurons to activate when they receive pulses of light. This is part of the medical field that is studying how to stimulate specific areas of the brain to relieve a host of chronic neurological aliments ranging from depression to Parkinson’s disease.

Check out this MIT video describing the process.

Wild stuff!

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About Brad Koerner

Venture Manager - Luminous Patterns Philips Lighting
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