3-D Light Switch for the Brain: Device May Help Treat Parkinson's, Epilepsy; Aid Understanding of Consciousness, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Study
Published: Nov 20, 2012
A new tool for neuroscientists delivers a thousand pinpricks of light to a chunk of gray matter smaller than a sugar cube. The new fiber-optic device, created by biologists and engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, is the first tool that can deliver precise points of light to a 3-D section of living brain tissue. The work is a step forward for a relatively new but promising technique that uses gene therapy to turn individual brain cells on and off with light.