We published another double header yesterday, this time on the role of particular cell types in visual responses. Both studies describe the effect of optogenetically manipulating various interneuron classes in mouse visual cortex. The papers are Lee et al. from Yang Dan‘s lab and Wilson et al. from Mriganka Sur‘s labs. And in fact, both were preceded by Atallah et al. from Massimo Scanziani’s lab, which appeared in Neuron earlier this year. Which means a bonanza of data on the effects of activating parvalbumin-expressing interneurons, and also a bonanza of different conclusions about their exact role – everyone comes to slightly different conclusions.
It’s Friday night now over here, so I’ll leave it at that. But to give you an idea of how much (or little) people publish with us more than once a year, here are wordles showing authors of our neuroscience papers in recent years. As it turns out, an imperfect way of displaying the data (it clearly highlights the general need for a means of disambiguating names in science!) but enjoy anyway (click on images to enlarge).