When I was a wee lad back in Scotland one of my favourite films was a movie called `Fantastic Voyage’.
Based on an Issac Asimov novel it’s about a group of scientists who, along with their hi-tech sub are miniaturised and injected into the body of an emminent scientist. Their mission:- to perform some very targeted brain surgery from within using lasers.
(The film is often most remembered by film reviewers for a scene where our hero has to rip ‘giant’ (to them) `phagocytosing’ white blood cells from a wetsuit-clad Raquel Welsh. At the time I was way too young to understand why `that scene’ was so appealing to grown-ups! Especially when there were so many other cool scenes of them travelling through the blood stream, lungs, inner ear and finally in the brain surrounded by hanging neurones!).
Anyway, when I read this article on `Optogenetics’ -a new technology that potentially allows scientists to switch individual neurones on and off by means of light – the movie leapt into my mind and I became intrigued to read on.
It’s a facinatating concept and another example of 21st century ingenuity from the rapidly expanding world of nanotechnology.
Check it out here:-
or read full article here
P.S. For all the film buffs out there, a remake of ‘Fantastic Voyage’ in rumoured to be one of James Cameron’s latest projects.