Posted by: shrikantmantri | October 22, 2009

Algae and Light Help Injured Mice Walk Again


“In theory, two-way optogenetic traffic could lead to human-machine fusions in which the brain truly interacts with the machine, rather than only giving or only accepting orders,” says writer Michael Chorost. “It could be used, for instance, to let the brain send movement commands to a prosthetic arm; in return, the arm’s sensors would gather information and send it back. Blue and yellow LEDs would flash on and off inside genetically altered somatosensory regions of the cortex to give the user sensations of weight, temperature, and texture. “The limb would feel like a real arm. Of course, this kind of cyborg technology is not exactly around the corner. But it has suddenly leapt from the realm of wild fantasy to concrete possibility.” (Source: http://www.wired.com/magazine/2009/10/mf_optigenetics/all/1)

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