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Probing Critical Functions

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MARCIA STAMELL, ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDITOR, marcia.stamell @photonics.com

Photonic devices are impacting medical care and research along two fundamental tracks. One provides clinicians with tools to improve outcomes. The other gives researchers the means to probe more deeply into critical life functions. Optogenetics is a case in point. It has transformed brain research by rendering individual neurons sensitive to light. Now a number of scientists are applying this experimental precision to the study of the heart. As our cover story by Contributing Editor Marie Freebody points out, cardiac optogenetics faces serious obstacles, not the least of which is that...Read full article

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