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By Lumistar's Chief Scientist

March 15, 2013

Brain Implants Lets Rodents ‘Feel’ Infrared Light

Infrared signals, which the rat senses through a device attached to its brain, lead the rat to a reward. The device enables the rodent to feel infrared light. (Figure courtesy of the Nicolelis Lab)

Infrared signals, which the rat senses through a device implanted in its brain, lead the rat to a reward. The device enables the rodent to learn the feel of infrared light. (Figure courtesy of the Nicolelis Lab)

Researchers at Duke University in North Carolina, implanted infrared detectors into rat brains so that they could sense infrared light around them creating a ‘sixth’ sense. The infrared camera was place on top of their heads and wires went from the camera to electrodes implanted within the part of the brain responsible for touch. Through experiments, scientists were able to prove the rodents could feel the infrared light around them. This breakthrough will lead to further research on how to connect an external “brain” ie: a camera detector or computer processor to an organic living brain or ‘brain-to-brain interface.’ Imagine this furthering research for humans to have cybernetic ‘wet wiring’ to external memory with many packets of new skills or information. Or an external camera wired into the brain to assist the blind. This groundbreaking research proves you can use another part of the brain and re-purpose it for another task, in this case putting sight reception into the part of the brain responsible for touch. For the first time scientists have re-purposed the brain in new ways successfully. “This suggests that, in the future, you could use prosthetic devices to restore sensory modalities that have been lost, such as vision, using a different part of the brain.”  It may also lead to neural implants that could let the paralyzed walk again. Or use X-ray cameras to give subjects ‘X-ray vision’, according to Duke University.

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8 Comments

  1. I like where this blog is going very sci-fi. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by Jenny — March 15, 2013 @ 12:45

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  3. Today a rat, tomorrow ‘Planet of the Rats.’ Just saying.

    Comment by Karen A. — March 16, 2013 @ 13:47

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  5. Time to buy a better mouse-trap.

    -Tom

    Comment by Tom L. — March 20, 2013 @ 10:08

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  7. This is a trip. What’ll they think up next.

    Thanks for posting! Will share on Facebook.

    Comment by John D. — April 5, 2013 @ 01:44

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  9. Time to get those rats their own TV show. lol

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