News and Updates

Sept. 06, 2021 | Research Highlights in August

Paper of the month August: A guide to the optogenetic regulation of endogenous molecules.

Featured Paper: Learn more about RNA editing with the photoactivatable CRISPR-Cas13: Photoactivatable RNA N6-Methyladenosine Editing with CRISPR-Cas13.

Sept. 03, 2021 | The Optogenetics Conference 2021 | Learn more at their website:


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Aug. 04, 2021 | Review Highlights in July
July 04, 2021 | Research Highlights in June
June 04, 2021 | Research Highlights in May

Paper of the month May: Circularly permuted LOV2 as a modular photoswitch for optogenetic engineering.

Featured Paper: Learn more about optogenetic tools based on LOV domains: LOVTRAP: an optogenetic system for photoinduced protein dissociation.

May 04, 2021 | Research Highlights in April
April 04, 2021 | Research Highlights in March

Paper of the month March: For a broad overview over the field of Molecular Optogenetics: Steering Molecular Activity with Optogenetics: Recent Advances and Perspectives.

Featured Paper: Optogenetics sheds new light on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

March 04, 2021 | Research Highlights in February
Feb. 04, 2021 | Research Highlights in January
Jan. 04, 2021 | The OptoBase-Team wishes everyone a happy and healthy new year!


Research Highlights in December

Dec. 04, 2020 | Research Highlights in November
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Oct. 04, 2020 | Research Highlights in September
Sept. 04, 2020 | Research Highlights in August
July 07, 2020 | New Regularly Updated Feature on OptoBase

We are happy to introduce the “Paper of the Month”, which highlights one outstanding research paper of the previous month. Furthermore, the OptoBase team chooses one additional, groundbreaking paper from our extensive, weekly updated database.

Aug. 06, 2019 | Search for Publications by Journal

Use the new OptoBase syntax option — journal:”name of your journal of interest” — to search for papers by journal name, be it a full name or its ISO abbreviation. Extra tip: use partial queries, such as journal:"ACS" or journal:”Nature”, to retrieve papers from whole journal collections. 

Jan. 13, 2019 | New year, new tool: Glossary

OptoBase has been upgraded with a new tool — Glossary. There you will find brief definitions of various terms and abbreviations commonly used in optogenetics. P.s.: You are most welcome to suggest new terms via our submission form

June 25, 2018 | How to cite OptoBase

We are proud to announce that the paper presenting OptoBase got last week successfully published in ACS Synthetic Biology. If you refer to OptoBase in your work, please cite it as this publication!

May 16, 2018 | How to get the most out of your search?

Improve your publication search experience by getting to know our database and learning about the OptoBase-specific syntax, now further explained with a set of helpful examples.

Feb. 21, 2018 | Find The Application

Looking for optogenetic publications presenting a particular type of biological application(s)? The new tool, Find The Application, helps you find them instantly.

July 17, 2017 | Frequently Asked Questions

A FAQ section was added to improve the OptoBase usability.

June 19, 2017 | Find The Switch

Check out our new tool that helps you find the most suitable optogenetic switches for your upcoming project.  

May 10, 2017 | New Switches

The set of switches with a predefined function was added to complete our collection of optogenetic switches.

April 09, 2017 | Welcome to OptoBase

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