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Creating a transparent brain

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Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2013 12:11 AM by AlexMuller

Combining neuroscience and chemical engineering, researchers at Stanford University have developed a process that renders a mouse brain transparent. The postmortem brain remains whole — not sliced or sectioned in any way — with its three-dimensional complexity of fine wiring and molecular structures completely intact and able to be measured and probed at will with visible light and chemicals.

 

The process, called CLARITY, ushers in an entirely new era of whole-organ imaging that stands to fundamentally change our scientific understanding of the most-important-but-least-understood of organs, the brain, and potentially other organs, as well, according to a Stanford statement.

 

The process is described in a paper published online April 10 in Nature by bioengineer and psychiatrist Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, leading a multidisciplinary team.



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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-04-13
+8
perhaps the transparency will allow for better mapping of the neuronal structure Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-04-13
+7
this could be a breakthrough Reply


 

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