Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Light Switch Inside Brain: Laser Controls Individual Nerve Cells in Mouse

Activating and deactivating individual nerve cells in the brain is something many neuroscientists wish they could do, as it would help them to better understand how the brain works.  Scientists in Freiburg and Basel, Switzerland, have developed an implant that is able to genetically modify specific nerve cells, control them with light stimuli, and measure their electrical activity all at the same time. This novel 3-in-1 tool paves the way for completely new experiments in neurobiology.

A polymer-based neural microimplant for optogenetic applications: design and first in vivo study
Birthe Rubehn, et al.
Lab Chip, 2013, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C2LC40874K, First published on the web 03 Jan 2013

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