Breakthrough: Optogenetics LED implants revolutionizes on mice experiments

Recently, researchers from Stanford University have invented a wireless device that integrates wireless technology and optogenetics. This breakthrough according to them this will be helpful in establishing a new base for implants in future.

For those who are not familiar, optogenetics is branch of science that uses light to control activities of the brain. Fiber optic cables pinned to the head of mouse delivers light to it’s brain though the headgear. This method is typically sizeable and can cause problems for the mouse in terms of it’s mobility through its dugout or other closed spaces. Another big challenge is that scientists have to catch the mouse and physically attach the headgear before they can start any form of experiment. The researchers hence believe that this type of interaction can impact the final outcome of their experiments.

Assistant professor in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, Ada Poon, said that the development of the device has made it very convenient for testers since the information can also be passed on to other team members for further experimentation. She adds that this epitomizes a new method of conveying wireless power for the purpose of optogenetics.
The size of the device is quite small which will not bear any difficulty for the mouse to maneuver. Other labs would hence be encouraged to accustom this in their work.

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