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#1 Fri 27th Jul 2012 06:05 am

Registered: Thu 15th Jan 2009

Controlling Monkey Brains and behavior with light

Via: PhysOrg:

Researchers reporting online on July 26 in Current Biology have for the first time shown that they can control the behavior of monkeys by using pulses of blue light to very specifically activate particular brain cells. The findings represent a key advance for optogenetics, a state-of-the-art method for making causal connections between brain activity and behavior. Based on the discovery, the researchers say that similar light-based mind control could likely also be made to work in humans for therapeutic ends.

“We are the first to show that optogenetics can alter the behavior of monkeys,” says Wim Vanduffel of Massachusetts General Hospital and KU Leuven Medical School. “This opens the door to use of optogenetics at a large scale in primate research and to start developing optogenetic-based therapies for humans.”

Hmmm raises several interesting questions, doesn't it?

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#2 Fri 27th Jul 2012 02:29 pm

Registered: Fri 25th Jan 2008

Re: Controlling Monkey Brains and behavior with light

Way too many control mechanisms out there... This could be coupled with digital programming.



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