http://blog.case.edu/case-news/2008/...ghtstimulation
"" Using a rat model, Jerry Silver, Ph.D, professor of neurosciences at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, performed a half lesion in the spinal cord at C-2, preventing the diaphragm from functioning on the side of the lesion. Knowing that Channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2), a light sensitive protein, made neurons fire when exposed to light, he then injected a virus containing ChR2 into the spine between C-3 and C-6, just below the lesion.

"We found that when we repeated five minutes of one second pulses of light followed by five minutes of rest—for three cycles—and then switching the light off, that there was a bizarre seizure followed by normal breathing," said Silver. ""

This blows my mind- Wise or anyone understand this study and can explain it?

It seems researchers took the neural photoreceptor proteins from blue-green algae. This is crazy (in a good way), are there other people pursuing this concept?

Here`s news coverage of the study
http://blog.cleveland.com/health/200..._use_alga.html

Sorry about the post format, I don`t really know how to link text correctly.