Optogenetics is a fast-growing field concerning the invention,
and use, of molecules that are genetically expressed in cells, and
then either report on cellular physiology in optical form, or
enable control of specific pathways in cells when actuated by
light. This book reviews the current state, as well as the
underlying principles and future directions, of a diversity of
optogenetic tools of importance for observing and controlling
cellular signaling and physiology.
These tools are already revolutionizing neuroscience, and are
starting to have impact on fields ranging from metabolism to
development to cardiology. The book contains a dozen chapters
written by world experts on these topics, half focusing on the
optogenetic molecular tools themselves, and half on the genetic and
hardware approaches that make them powerfully useful in intact
tissues and organisms.
Leading authors review the state-of-the-art in their field of
investigation and provide their views and perspectives for future
researchChapters are extensively referenced to provide readers with
a comprehensive list of resources on the topics coveredAll chapters
include comprehensive background information and are written in a
clear form that is also accessible to the non-specialist
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