It sounds completely crazy: as early as next year, using gene therapy scientists hope to restore sight in the blind by giving their eyes additional “light sensors.” We’re not talking about bionic eyes: instead of implantable electronics, scientists are turning to a protein called channelrhodopsin-2. You’ve probably heard of this protein before — it’s the same magical switch that, in response to light, can turn a gentle mouse aggressive, shut down obsessive grooming behavior, and implant false memories in unsuspecting mice. What does a mind-controlling protein have to do with restoring vision?
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