News in Brief: Eye thinly slice sends signals to blind rats’ brains

Retinal prostheses kindle animals’ visible cortices

Retinal prostheses kindle animals’ visible cortices

By Rachel Ehrenberg

Web edition: Jun 18, 2013

The prejudiced blindness which accompanies macular lapse as well as alternative retina-damaging diseases might shortly be treatable with a latest prosthetic. Rats with inadequate prophesy which perceived a prosthetic implants responded to light with wake up in their brains’ visible cortexes, a group from Stanford as well as a University of Strathclyde in Scotland reports.

The results, published Jun eighteen in Nature Communications, pave a approach for people to operate such chips, which have been prejudiced of a bionic eye which doesn’t need surgically ingrained wires, as existent retinal prosthetics do (SN: 6/16/12, p. 12).

The complement involves a span of specialized goggles given with a camera upon a nosepiece. The camera sends interpretation to a pocket-sized computer, which processes a visible report as well as sends it to near-infrared lasers inside a goggles, confronting a eyes. These lasers kindle slim chips ingrained underneath a retinas, which modify a interpretation to an electrical vigilance to a brain. The brain wake up which a researchers available establishes which a electrical vigilance does strech a brain’s visible center.

Y. Mandel et al. Cortical responses elicited by photovoltaic subretinal prostheses vaunt similarities to visually evoked potentials. Nature Communications. Published Jun 18, 2012. doi:10.1038/ncomms2980 [Go to]

R. Ehrenberg. Retinal implants could revive prejudiced vision. Science News. Vol. 181, Jun 16, 2012, p. 12. [Go to]

L. Sanders. A latest approach for blind mice to see. Science News. Vol. 178, Dec 4, 2012, p. 14. [Go to]

R. Ehrenberg. Bionic women (and men) get closer to reality. Science News. Vol. 182, Dec 29, 2012, p. 20. [Go to]

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