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Optogenetics and neurons firing

  1. May 29, 2010 #1
    Optogenetics is the combination of deep brain stimulation with fiber optics and gene therapy.

    I have read that there can be two way traffic (http://www.wired.com/magazine/2009/10/mf_optigenetics/all/1")

    I know that there are no big or small firing of neurons - all firings are the same size. I was wondering if the fiber-optic cable can detect the difference between regular spiking, phasic bursting or fast spiking.
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  3. May 4, 2011 #2
    Has there been any progress with optogenetics? It really does sound quite fascinating and could really help doctors and researchers understand the human brain and how it functions. It's quite fascinating how they can take a plant gene and implant it into a mammals neurons and brain.
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