Hello grinders! @Cassox
and I have been working on a project that we'd like to share with the community. We have developed a protocol that we believe may extend human sight into the near infrared range--all by means of a dietary shift!
As you know, what we call 'color' is actually the visual cortex' translated perception of different wavelengths of light; blue light is on the short end of the visual spectrum (eg ~400nm) and red light is on the long end (eg ~650nm). Light passes through the pupil and lens of the human eye and strikes the retina. On the retina are photoreceptive cells (rods and cones) which contain [i]photopigments[/i]. The photopigments in the human eye -- photopsin in the cones and rhodopsin in the rods -- are formed by the protein opsin and Vitamin A in the form of retinal. These photopigments are bipolar cells which are excited by a given range of light wavelengths--usually ~400-690Nm in humans--and in turn excite the visual cortex.
Many cold blooded animals, however, utilize [i]porphyropsin[/i] as their visual pigment. Porphyropsin is excited by a similar range of wavelengths as the human photopsin and rhodopsin, but is also excited by a far greater range of red light, even extending into the NIR in some species of freshwater fish. Porphyropsin is formed by opsin and 3,4-dehydroretinol, also called vitamin A2. In essence, we intend to completely cut vitamin A out of our diet and replace it with A2.
In order to provide valid scientific data for the community, we are adhering to a strict dietary regimen provided by the generous Mr. Rhinehart, the inventor of Soylent (www.soylent.me) and collecting data on visual spectrum shift changes via ERG. In order to purchase this equipment, we decided to crowdfund using the Microryza scientific research platform. We would greatly appreciate any financial assistance the community could offer this project--every dollar counts!!
All our results will of course be published free and open source following standardized research paper format, both on Microryza and on the publish.biohack.me page here. Our long-term goal, should this proof-of-concept experiment go well, is to develop a more permanent hack which inhibits vitamin A uptake and upregulates A2 uptake. The results of this later research will also be free and open source.
Here is our project page:https://www.microryza.com/projects/can-we-biologically-extend-the-range-of-human-vision-into-the-near-infrared
Please feel free to ask any questions about the project or any suggestions to add to the project page here. Grind on!
--A2 production/sourcing; biochem@Cassox
-test subject; medical supervision@Saal
-test subject; shameless promotion; dead weight :P@zombiegristle