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Optogenetics and the future of neuroscience

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Over the last 10 years, optogenetics has become widespread in neuroscience for the study of how specific cell types contribute to brain functions and brain disorder states. The full impact of optogenetics will emerge only when other toolsets mature, including neural connectivity and cell phenotyping tools and neural recording and imaging tools. The latter tools are rapidly improving, in part because optogenetics has helped galvanize broad interest in neurotechnology development.

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The author is an inventor on several patents for optogenetic tools, most owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which have resulted in, and may continue to result in, royalties and/or licensing revenue.

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Boyden, E. Optogenetics and the future of neuroscience. Nat Neurosci 18, 1200–1201 (2015).

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