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Gero Miesenboeck:
Re-engineering the brain

TEDGlobal 2010 · 17:34 · Filmed Jul 2010
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Gero Miesenboeck: Re-engineering the brain
17:34 · Filmed July 2010 at TEDGlobal 2010 · Subtitles available in 27 languages

In the quest to map the brain, many scientists have attempted the incredibly daunting task of recording the activity of each neuron. Gero Miesenboeck works backward — manipulating specific neurons to figure out exactly what they do, through a series of stunning experiments that reengineer the way fruit flies percieve light.

Optogeneticist
Using light and a little genetic engineering — optogenetics — Gero Miesenboeck has developed a way to control how living nerve cells work, and advanced understanding of how the brain controls behavior. Full bio
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