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On 17, Aug 2015 | No Comments | In | By Doug Johnson

a wireless, fully implantable device to stimulate nerves in mice

Stanford engineers have developed a wireless, fully implantable device to stimulate nerves in mice.

It is the stuff of science fiction but it is happening today. A Stanford Bio-X team of engineers have created a method to activate neurons of the brain, spinal cord or limbs in mice… using light… and the tiny implant device is powered wirelessly using the mouse’s own body to transfer energy.

dougjohnson.tv is proud to have created the animation to help visualize this technique in the exciting new area of research called optogenetics.

It’s hard to decide which is the more impressive development. Using light to activate neurons, or using the mouse’s own body to transfer radio frequency energy that is just the right wavelength to power the implant using my new favorite words ‘Evanescent fringing’.

If you’d like to get all sciencey you can read the entire announcement here.
Stanford announcement
Or here (for a premium version in Nature)
Nature.com Abstract

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