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  •  Wait till THIS gets tacked on (4+ / 0-)

    Optogenetics


    Optogenetics is the integration of optics and genetics to control precisely defined events within specific cells of living tissue [1] even within freely moving animals, with the temporal precision (millisecond-timescale) needed to keep pace with functioning intact biological systems, and with suitably fast and precise methods for reading out the effects of optogenetic control.

    In 2012 Gero Miesenböck was awarded the InBev-Baillet Latour International Health Prize for "pioneering optogenetic approaches to manipulate neuronal activity and to control animal behaviour."

    In 2010 Karl Deisseroth was awarded the inaugural HFSP Nakasone Award for "for his pioneering work on the development of optogenetic methods for studying the function of neuronal networks underlying behavior."

    •  Super cool. Check out my response to your other (2+ / 0-)
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      brilliant post on perceptions of electro-magnetic waves.

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 06:11:24 PM PST

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    •  Wow. Direct excitation or silencing of (3+ / 0-)
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      neurons/neural pathways via implanted fiber optics that change the configuration of properly placed controllable molecules.
      Artificial signaling. Computer generated patterns taken to mean whatever was trained to follow from them.
      Eventually...Plug into the Matrix?
      Hang on to your hats, folks.

      -- We are just regular people informed on issues

      by mike101 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 06:44:53 PM PST

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      •  That, or broadcast behavioral modification (4+ / 0-)

        Say someone figures out how to, oh, make a flock of seagulls go postal on an idyllic coastal town?

        Then a little later, install mood modifiers in clubs (party, buy more drinks, yay)

        Or tweak high-definition TVs and web videos to make those sales messages a LOT punchier.

        Oh. Then come the campaign commercials.

        .... then the good stuff

        no such thing  as insomnia

        induced comas for surgery

        the reverse - means to pull people FROM comas

        and ramp this puppy up to the logical conclusion: laser mediated gene expression...regeneration becomes child's play. stem cell inducement (and direction) and last but not least much more finessed experimentation of the types speculated in the diary.

        •  "more finessed experimentation" (3+ / 0-)
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          A powerful new paradigm for psychiatric work, that's for sure.

          -- We are just regular people informed on issues

          by mike101 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 07:05:54 PM PST

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          •  "There's an app for that" (4+ / 0-)

            Need a neural talent on the fly? Stop in to our convenient upgrade stores and get that skills set you need?

            Simulation training courses while you wait!

            Be the person that job posting needs you to be!

            Make an appointment today!

            ....

            But I'm sure no one would ever do something as crass as turn psychiatric engineering into a consumer service.

            •  I do wonder what the side effect disclaimers (2+ / 0-)
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              would (at least initially) sound like. What with new knowledge being rammed in and all.

              -- We are just regular people informed on issues

              by mike101 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 07:49:59 PM PST

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            •  Will I be able to play the piano after surgery? (1+ / 0-)
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              "I don't see why not," replies the doctor.
              "That's funny," says the man. "I wasn't able to play it before."

              Hell, I'm unemployed (retired if you prefer) right now. I'd be that crass. Such an app would need more than a finessed implementation, though. Nobody reads instructions. When Aunt Zelda grows tree stems inside her cell phone, you probably ought to tweak the user interface a bit.

              This isn't going to slow down in our insatiable quest for knowledge.

              All good.

              "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

              by GrumpyOldGeek on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 08:40:09 PM PST

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