Optogenetic technique controls single neurons

MIT’s Ed Boyden and Paris Descartes University’s Valentina Emiliani have developed a new optogenetic technique, combined with new opsins, that stimulates individual cells with precise control over both the timing and location of the activation.

This will allow the study of how individual cells, and connections among those cells, generate specific behaviors such as initiating a movement or learning a new skill.

The study‘s lead authors are Or Shemesh from MIT and Dimitrii Tanese and Valeria Zampini from CNRS.

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