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Light, Channel, Action - A bright future for ChR2

By LaurenK, published on Nov 26, 2011

...second thousands of events occur in your body just to keep you alive. Perhaps one of the more obvious of these is the beat of your heart, which amongst many things requires the functioning of a specialized type of cell called pacemakers. These keep everything “pulsing”.

When pacemaker cells stop working properly heartbeat can become slow, irregular, or stop altogether. This type of heart failure can be detected using an Echocardiogram (ECG), and can be treated using an amazing little device called an artificial pacemaker. It does the job the pacemaker cells are meant to do. ... (more)

Tags: light, channel-rhodopsin 2, pacemaker cells, heart failure

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