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Blind mice gain vision with retina ‘encoder’

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Scientists have cracked the neural code of a mouse’s retina and used a prosthetic device to restore sight to blind mice.

The lead researcher, computational neuroscientist Sheila Nirenberg of the Weill Cornell Medical College, envisions a day when the blind can choose to wear a visor, similar to the one used on the television show Star Trek.The visor’s camera will take in light and use a computer chip to turn it into a code that the brain can translate into an image.

“It’s an exciting time. We can make blind mouse retinas see, and we’re moving as fast as we can to do the same in humans,” she says.

Full story at Futurity.

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