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Optogenetics: Controlling the brain with light

This animation illustrates optogenetics — a radical new technology for controlling brain activity with light.

Ed Boyden, the co-inventor of this technology, is a professor at the MIT Media Lab and at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, where he continues to develop new technologies for controlling brain activity.

Read more about Boyden's work at http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/blindness-boyden-0420.html

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