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Life imitates op art

The beautiful, undulating orientation maps in visual cortex have motivated many developmental models. A new study finds that this functional organization could be seeded in the retina by moiré interference between mosaics of ON-center and OFF-center retinal ganglion cells.

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Figure 1: Moiré interference, retinal ganglion cell mosaics and orientation maps.


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Smith, S., Smith, I. Life imitates op art. Nat Neurosci 14, 803–804 (2011).

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