[ExI] embryonic neurons

Anders Sandberg asa at nada.kth.se
Fri Oct 16 10:51:23 UTC 2009

Alan Brooks wrote:
>  Regulated integrin expression in response to the extracellular 
> environment may be required for neurons (and possibly for other 
> invasive cell types) to migrate into diverse tissues.
> The regenerative failure of adult CNS neurons may be in part due to 
> changes in integrin expression associated with the maturation of 
> neurons to an adult phenotype. The regeneration of adult neurons in 
> culture can be greatly improved by transgenic integrin expression.

I wonder if one could make transgenic neurons where integrin is 
controlled by optical signals. That would at the very least be useful 
for lab research, and might later be useful for patterning neural growth 
into deliberate structures.

Anders Sandberg
Future of Humanity Institute
Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University

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