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CLARITY: Hydrogel Process Creates Completely Transparent Brain
Added Apr 11, 2013 | Rate View top rated
Stanford University researchers have developed a process that can render a mouse brain completely transparent. The postmortem brain remains whole - not sliced or sectioned - 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 is called CLARITY, and ushers in a new era of whole-organ imaging that could change scientific understanding of the brain - the most important but least understood organ. The process involves replacing the brain's fatty molecules, or lipids, with a hydrogel. In this video, Stanford bioengineer and psychiatrist Karl Deisseroth describes more of the CLARITY process.
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