Science

A light switch for neurons: Ed Boyden on TED.com

Posted by: Tedstaff

Ed Boyden shows how, by inserting genes for light-sensitive proteins into brain cells, he can selectively activate or de-activate specific neurons with fiber-optic implants. With this unprecedented level of control, he’s managed to cure mice of analogs of PTSD and certain forms of blindness. On the horizon: neural prosthetics. (Recorded at TED2011, March 2011, in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 18:24)

Watch Ed Boyden’s talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of 900+ TEDTalks.

Comments (2)