Frequently Asked Questions
What is Optogenetics?
Optogenetics is the process of using light to control living cells. Cells are genetically modified using light sensitive proteins and respond when stimulated by light. This technique has traditionally been used in the field of neuroscience but with the help of Optologix it is expanding to different multidisciplinary studies. Optogenetics is advantageous to other therapeutics because of the specificity of the target and stimulus and because of the almost instant response of the target from light stimulation.
How is Optologix Different?
Optologix has created the world's first inducible gene expression system, The LITE Switch Kit allows you to genetically modify cells to respond to the light provided in your kit. It can be used in cells other than just neurons and is currently being used to experimental studies across the country. The kit contains the proprietary LOV-based gene-activation system that can be used to regulate your gene of interest. This technique gives you a level of control that is unparalleled among other commonly used techniques.
Where Do I Start?
Optologix has removed the barriers of entry into this exciting field. The LITE Switch Kit provides you with the resources necessary to get started with your own optogenetics project. Included in your kit is the pVEL plasmid, the pC120 plasmid and a 12" blue LED light panel. Contact us now to order your kit or find out about our licensing opportunities.