Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Light Switches to Help Restore Muscle Movement in Paralyzed

Molecular light switches are a fairly recent technological advancement that allows scientists to selectively activate cellular function using a light source, which in turn allows for more control when conducting biological experiments. The therapeutic potential of light switches is that they may be a good option to regulate muscles in paralyzed patients such as the diaphragm for breathing or the detrusor for bladder control. Now LucCell, a new spinoff company of Case Western University, is actively working to commercialize molecular switches to meet clinical needs.


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