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A new study reports that using optogenetics, stimulating specific brain cells using light, may provide better results for Parkinson’s patients than traditional deep brain stimulation because of the ability to control different cells at specific times.

Gradinaru, Viviana, Murtaza Mogri, Kimberly R. Thompson, Jaimie M. Henderson, and Karl Deisseroth. Optical Deconstruction of Parkinsonian Neural Circuitry. Science. 2009; 324(5925): 354-9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19299587

Reference

Title
Optical Deconstruction of Parkinsonian Neural Circuitry
Publication
Science
Publication Date
2009
Authors
Gradinaru, Viviana, Murtaza Mogri, Kimberly R. Thompson, Jaimie M. Henderson, and Karl Deisseroth
Volume & Issue
Volume 324, Issue 5925
Pages
354-9
URL
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