channelrhodopsin
Here Comes Single-Cell Optogenetics
Here Comes Single-Cell Optogenetics
Ruth Williams | Mar 1, 2018
A new protein may allow researchers to home in on individual neurons, determining their activity minute by minute.
Optogenetic Therapies Move Closer to Clinical Use
Optogenetic Therapies Move Closer to Clinical Use
Shawna Williams | Nov 16, 2017
With a clinical trial underway to restore vision optogenetically, researchers also see promise in using the technique to treat deafness, pain, and other conditions.
Negative Thinking
Negative Thinking
Amanda B. Keener | Oct 1, 2015
Researchers uncover the first light-controlled negative-ion channels in algae, and they are fast.
Cutting the Wire
Cutting the Wire
Jeffrey M. Perkel | Dec 1, 2014
Optical techniques for monitoring action potentials
The Birth of Optogenetics
Edward S. Boyden | Jul 1, 2011
An account of the path to realizing tools for controlling brain circuits with light.
OPSINS: Tools of the trade
OPSINS: Tools of the trade
Edward S. Boyden | Jul 1, 2011
The optogenetic toolset is composed of genetically encoded molecules that, when targeted to specific neurons in the brain, enable the electrical activity of those neurons to be driven or silenced by light. 
Optogenetics: A Light Switch for Neurons
Edward S. Boyden | Jul 1, 2011
This animation illustrates optogenetics—a radical new technology for controlling brain activity with light.