Lighting Up The Brain With Optogenetics

  • Published26 May 2017
  • Reviewed26 May 2017
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

Scientists studying pond scum discovered its peculiar ability to sense light, even without eyes. This discovery would eventually lead to a technique called optogenetics, one of the most powerful techniques for mapping the human brain. Find out how in this original video from

 Animation by Annie Campbell, Jim Stanis, and Matt Wimsatt.

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