A new probe to help study the peripheral nervous system
A new research tool invented at the University of Nebraska Medical Center will help scientists better study the peripheral nervous system and its effects on critical organs such as the heart, liver, muscle and kidneys.
The tool is a new optogenetic probe that that activates and deactivates nerves with light. Optogenetics is a technique used commonly for studying the central nervous system.
However, due to a lack of tools, optogenetics has not been widely used on the dorsal root ganglion—a bundle of nerves that brings information into the spinal column from the peripheral nervous system.
UNMC’s novel optogenetic probe can stimulate the peripheral nervous system with a fiber optic matrix at various wavelengths. Different wavelengths, or colors, can selectively activate specific dorsal root ganglia. The probe can be easily inserted into the epidural space where it can stimulate one or more ganglia along the length of the spinal cord.
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