07 January 2010

Neurophotonics ~ Props to Chow, Boyden, et al!

Kudos to my MIT colleagues Brian Chow, Xue Han, Ed Boyden, et al for their Nature publication High-performance genetically targetable optical neural silencing by light-driven proton pumps! MIT News journo Anne Trafton calls this Silencing the brain with light. This selective neuronal silencing via photons is a platform for tremendous brain circuit research and -- the hope and promise is -- powerful, novel neurotherapeutics. Fantastic!

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