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LEDs and Lasers Battle for Dominance in Brain Research

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Small but generally less powerful, or plenty of power but costly; the fight between LEDs and lasers in optogenetics intensifies.

MARIE FREEBODY, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, [email protected]

Lighting up the brain to better understand, treat or even cure brain disorders has become an established field known as optogenetics. First introduced in 2005 by professor Karl Deisseroth as he worked in a small laboratory at Stanford University, it has since been named Method of the Year by the journal Nature and is today one of the most promising tools making contributions to the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative — part of a new federal focus aimed at producing a dynamic picture of the brain. Optogenetics research spreads ...Read full article

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