TS Picks: September 30, 2014

Restoring sight with bionic eyes; schizophrenia analysis questioned; an “ark for the Anthropocene”

Tracy Vence
Sep 30, 2014

WIKIMEDIA, MOHAMAD SAWAN

Selected stories from The Scientist’s reading list:

  • BBC Future spoke with 66-year-old Fran Fulton, a retinitis pigmentosa patient and one of six people in the U.S. to be equipped with the Argus II Visual Prosthesis System, which includes a retinal implant that stimulates visual perception in blind individuals. “When they ‘turned me on’ so to speak it was absolutely the most breathtaking experience,” said Fulton. See The Scientist’s feature, “The Bionic Eye,” on this and other retinal prostheses, published ahead of print. The full October issue, dedicated to the sense of sight, will be online tomorrow (October 1).

  • Which of today’s organisms are most in need of saving? The New York Times on biodiversity: “Building an Ark for the Anthropocene
     
  • Last month, members of the Molecular Genetics of Schizophrenia Consortium presented genetic evidence to suggest schizophrenia is not one but...

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