How to re-engineer a brain

08 December 2010

Professor Gero Miesenboeck, Co-Director of the Programme on Mind and Machine, gives a talk at TEDGlobal 2010 about his pioneering research into optogenetics – genetically modifying nerve cells to respond to light. Optogenetics allows researchers to track a nerve’s function more clearly, to gather better evidence on how electrical impulses on tissue translate into actual behaviour and thoughts.