BLOOMBERG: Brain Made Transparent May lead To Clearer UnderstandingSubmitted by emalvini on Thu, 04/11/2013 - 04:14
BLOOMBERG: Brain Made Transparent May lead To Clearer Understanding
By Elizabeth Lopatto | Apr 10, 2013 | 12:34 PM PT
Scientists have developed a technique to make brains transparent, enabling them to see vast networks of neurons and structures for a big picture view of the organ that’s mostly studied in slices.
In a report published today in the journal Nature, researchers at Stanford University described the method that replaced fats in the brain of mice with a gel that made the organ transparent. The scientists were able to make images of the brain’s structures and see down to the cells and molecules, according to the paper.