Latest Opsin Stories
Professor Takashi Yoshimura and colleagues of the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (WPI-ITbM) of Nagoya University have finally found the missing piece in how birds sense light by identifying a deep brain photoreceptor in Japanese quails
Optogenetics is a technique that allows scientists to control neurons' electrical activity with light by engineering them to express light-sensitive proteins.
With a few flicks of a light switch--on-off-on-off--Stanford University's Oscar Abilez is one step closer to changing the lives of millions.
The ability to look out for predators or see a distant source of water has allowed humans to get where we are today, but how did our sense of vision evolve throughout time?
A biologist at Emory University says evolutionary biologists need to shift their focus from present-day molecules to synthesized, ancestral ones.
Among the animals that are appealing “cover models” for scientific journals, lancelets don’t spring readily to mind.
The ability of the eye of a fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) to respond to light depends on a delicate ballet that keeps the supply of light sensors called rhodopsin constant as photoreceptors turn on and off in response to light exposures.
A new study from the University of Bristol, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), sheds light on the origin of sight in animals, including humans.
On the road at night or on a tennis court at dusk, the eye can be deceived.