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The gentlest sense: Scientists unlock the mystery of touch

Everyone has felt that shock of pleasure when a soft hand brushes across sensitive skin or the unpleasant shudder when something cold is pressed to the neck suddenly. 760 more words

Have you tried optogenetics?

It has become pretty common to see someone, after a neuroscience talk, ask, “Interesting – but have you tried doing this with optogenetics?” As if this technique to precisely activate neurons was something that was trivial to implement. 66 more words


Research Shows Damaged Nerves Can Be Activated To Function Again

One of the biggest cause of disability is the nerve damage which is also irreversible as nerve cells do not have the ability to divide or regenerate. 263 more words


Friday Paper Post - Posted Monday March 31st 2014

I had the opportunity to hear Josh Vogelstein (the first author of paper #1 below) give an awesome talk about big data and neuroscience at a meeting a few years ago and I really enjoyed it!  992 more words

Friday Paper List

Brief review: Simultaneous two-color optogenetics using novel probes (Klapoetke et al., 2014)

To catch up on the field of optogenetics, here is a primer and here is an update on some new stuff.  Also refer to the literature ( 996 more words


Just When You Thought There Was Nothing Neon Under The Sun...

Do not Bodies and Light act mutually upon one another; that is to say, Bodies upon Light in emitting, reflecting, refracting and inflecting it, and Light upon Bodies for heating them, and putting their parts into a vibrating motion wherein heat consists? 507 more words

Targeting Light: Two recent papers that use active illumination!

In my day job I get to travel quite a bit and visit labs around the world who use methods in microscopy in imaging.  These labs range from neuroscience to developmental biology and everything in between, and many of these labs have very specific needs when it comes to light delivery.   1,246 more words