Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Blind Mice Given Sight After Device Cracks Retinal Code

This is pretty cool..

Blind mice had their vision restored with a device that helped diseased retinas send signals to the brain, according to a study that may lead to new prosthetic technology for millions of sight-impaired people.
Nirenberg and co-author Chethan Pandarinath first monitored healthy eyes to determine the set of equations that translate light received by the retina into something the brain can understand. Then, they used special glasses to create a similar code and deliver it to the eye, which they had injected with a virus containing light-sensitive cells. The cells received the code and fired electric impulses, which the brain could interpret as images.

1 comment:

carrie said...

So i have to know...did they test this on three mice? that would be so wrong it would make it right.

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