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Unique Schwann Cells: The Eyes Have It

November 20, 2020

A new study from University of Connecticut details a method of characterizing every cell in the cornea using an approach known as single-cell RNA sequence analysis to answer questions about the cornea’s healing process.

Envision color: Activity patterns in the brain are specific to the color you see

November 16, 2020

Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have decoded brain maps of human color perception.

The mammalian brain is built from many kinds of neurons. A new study reveals a holistic way to look at them.

November 12, 2020

A new lens on visual neurons is laying the groundwork for a more complete “family tree” of the mammalian brain. Study reveals a new categorization of mouse neurons that relies on multiple types of data drawn from each individual cell.
aisle in grocery store as seen by a person with normal vision

Novel population of neurons identified that control binocular eye movements in 3D space

November 11, 2020

University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have discovered a previously undescribed population of neurons that help control our eyes as they view in three-dimensional space.
Color-coded map of gene expression. Credit: Desplan Lab/NYU

NYU researchers create a "developmental atlas" of gene expression in neurons

November 4, 2020

New York University researchers created a “developmental atlas” of gene expression in neurons, using gene sequencing and machine learning to categorize more than 250,000 neurons in the brains of fruit flies.
3D printed model of Sars-CoV-2

Cornea appears to resist infection from novel coronavirus

November 3, 2020

New findings from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggest the eye’s cornea can resist infection from the novel coronavirus.

New strategy for treating common retinal diseases shows promise

October 27, 2020

Scientists at Scripps Research have uncovered a potential new strategy for treating eye diseases that affect millions of people around the world, often resulting in blindness.

Discovery Of New Cell May Be Key To Treating Incurable Neurological Diseases

October 26, 2020

Researchers at Ohio State and the University of Michigan discovered a new type of immune cell that not only rescues damaged nerve cells from death, but partially reverses nerve fiber damage.
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Researchers Discover ‘Spooky’ Similarity In How Brains and Computers See

October 22, 2020

A new paper in Current Biology details how neurons in area V4, the first stage specific to the brain’s object vision pathway, represent 3D shape fragments, not just the 2D shapes used to study V4 for the last 40 years.
Samarendra Mohanty and Subrata Batabyal

Scientists use gene therapy and a novel light-sensing protein to restore vision in mice

October 22, 2020

A newly developed light-sensing protein called the MCO1 opsin restores vision in blind mice when attached to retina bipolar cells using gene therapy. The National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, provided a Small Business Innovati