I got wrapped up near the end of the week reading some back and forth in the “blogosphere” about some problems people have with optogenetics. As a card carrying member of the “I Love Optogenetics” fan club (don’t worry this is just a joke.. although I bet this could be a goldmine at SFN) it’s no surprise I was a bit flustered and defensive when I read this first blog entry:
I do wonder if the author is making a sincere argument or just kind of trolling optogenetics fanboys 🙂
Some of the reactions to that post lead me to this one:
On optogenetics by Mark Baxter
and then that lead me to this one:
I found all three interesting and definitely worth checking out!
1) Neuroscience thinks big (and collaboratively) Eric R. Kandel, Henry Markram, Paul M. Matthews, Rafael Yuste and Christof Koch ; Nature Reviews Neuroscience 2013 (link)
2) A visual motion detection circuit suggested by Drosophila connectomics Shin-ya Takemura, Arjun Bharioke, Zhiyuan Lu, Aljoscha Nern, Shiv Vitaladevuni, Patricia K. Rivlin, William T. Katz, Donald J. Olbris, Stephen M. Plaza, Philip Winston, Ting Zhao, Jane Anne Horne, Richard D. Fetter, Satoko Takemura, Katerina Blazek, Lei-Ann Chang, Omotara Ogundeyi, Mathew A. Saunders, Victor Shapiro, Christopher Sigmund, Gerald M. Rubin, Louis K. Scheffer, Ian A. Meinertzhagen & Dmitri B. Chklovskii ; Nature 2013 (link)
3) A directional tuning map of Drosophila elementary motion detectors Matthew S. Maisak, Juergen Haag, Georg Ammer, Etienne Serbe, Matthias Meier, Aljoscha Leonhardt, Tabea Schilling, Armin Bahl, Gerald M. Rubin, Aljoscha Nern, Barry J. Dickson, Dierk F. Reiff, Elisabeth Hopp & Alexander Borst ; Nature 2013 (link)
4) Connectomic reconstruction of the inner plexiform layer in the mouse retina Moritz Helmstaedter, Kevin L. Briggman, Srinivas C. Turaga, Viren Jain, H. Sebastian Seung & Winfried Denk ; Nature 2013 (link)
- Commentary on the three papers above:
- Accurate maps of visual circuitry Richard H. Masland ; Nature 2013 (link)
5) The First Stage of Cardinal Direction Selectivity Is Localized to the Dendrites of Retinal Ganglion Cells Keisuke Yonehara, Karl Farrow, Alexander Ghanem, Daniel Hillier, Kamill Balint, Miguel Teixeira, Josephine Juttner, Masaharu Noda, Rachael L. Neve, Karl-Klaus Conzelmann, and Botond Roska ; Neuron 2013 (link)
- This paper above looks really good!
6) Distinct Basal Ganglia Circuits Controlling Behaviors Guided by Flexible and Stable Values Hyoung F. Kim, and Okihide Hikosaka ; Neuron 2013 (link)
7) BLA to vHPC Inputs Modulate Anxiety-Related Behaviors Ada C. Felix-Ortiz, Anna Beyeler, Changwoo Seo, Christopher A. Leppla, Craig P. Wildes, and Kay M. Tye ; Neuron 2013 (link)
8) Distinct Representations of Cognitive and Motivational Signals in Midbrain Dopamine Neurons Masayuki Matsumoto and Masahiko Takada ; Neuron 2013 (link)
9) The Sensory Neurons of Touch Victoria E. Abraira and David D. Ginty ; Neuron 2013 (link)
10) The Rodent Hippocampus Is Essential for Nonspatial Object Memory Sarah J. Cohen, Alcira H. Munchow, Lisa M. Rios, Gongliang Zhang, Herborg N. Asgeirsdottir, and Robert W. Stackman, Jr ; Current Biology 2013 (link)
11) The Head-Direction Signal Is Critical for Navigation Requiring a Cognitive Map but Not for Learning a Spatial Habit Brett Gibson, William N. Butler, and Jeffery S. Taube ; Current Biology 2013 (link)
12) Entrainment of the Human Circadian Clock to the Natural Light-Dark Cycle Kenneth P. Wright, Jr., Andrew W. McHill, Brian R. Birks, Brandon R. Griffin, Thomas Rusterholz, and Evan D. Chinoy ; Current Biology 2013 (link)
13) Probabilistic brains: knowns and unknowns Alexandre Pouget, Jeffrey M Beck, Wei Ji Ma & Peter E Latham ; Nature Neuroscience 2013 (link)
14) Balanced cortical microcircuitry for maintaining information in working memory Sukbin Lim & Mark S Goldman ; Nature Neuroscience 2013 (link)
15) Neural Correlates of Interval Timing in Rodent Prefrontal Cortex Jieun Kim, Jeong-Wook Ghim, Ji Hyun Lee, and Min Whan Jung ; J Neurosci 2013 (link)
16) CA1 Pyramidal Cell Theta-Burst Firing Triggers Endocannabinoid-Mediated Long-Term Depression at Both Somatic and Dendritic Inhibitory Synapses Thomas J. Younts, Vivien Chevaleyre, and Pablo E. Castillo ; J Neurosci 2013 (link)
17) Critical Role of the Hippocampus in Memory for Elapsed Time Nathan S. Jacobs, Timothy A. Allen, Natalie Nguyen, and Norbert J. Fortin ; J Neurosci 2013 (link)
18) Association Rules for Rat Spatial Learning: The Importance of the Hippocampus for Binding Item Identity With Item Location Mathieu M. Albasser, Julie R. Dumont, Eman Amin, Joshua D. Holmes, Murray R. Horne, John M. Pearce, and John P. Aggleton ; Hippocampus 2013 (link)
19) Speed Modulation of Hippocampal Theta Frequency Correlates With Spatial Memory Performance Gregory R. Richard, Ali Titiz, Anna Tyler, Gregory L. Holmes, Rod C. Scott, and Pierre-Pascal Lenck-Santini ; Hippocampus 2013 (link)
20) Imagining the Future: Evidence for a Hippocampal Contribution to Constructive Processing Brendan Gaesser, R. Nathan Spreng, Victoria C. McLelland, Donna Rose Addis, and Daniel L. Schacter ; Hippocampus 2013 (link)
21) Internal operations in the hippocampus: single cell and ensemble temporal coding George Dragoi ; Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 2013 (link)
22) Competitive trace theory: a role for the hippocampus in contextual interference during retrieval Michael A. Yassa and Zachariah M. Reagh ; Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 2013 (link)
I’ll let the band take us out….
One two three hit it !