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Crowdsourcing the retina's motion detection mechanism

from The Guardian

A large group of gamers, working with computational neuroscientists, has produced a wiring diagram of the nerve cell connections at the back of the eye, which may have solved the long-standing question of how cells in the retina detect motion. Fifty years ago, researchers discovered that retinal ganglion cells, which transmit information from eye to brain via the optic nerve, are sensitive to the direction and speed of moving images, and have been trying explain how ever since. more


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