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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Scientists Make Brains Transparent to Get a Better Look Inside | Wired Science |

[DAAAAAAAANG. Go watch the video, 'k? -egg]

The stunning video above illustrates a new way of looking at the brain. Scientists at at Stanford University have developed a method for making tissue almost completely transparent (see below). A series of chemical treatments replaces the fatty lipid membranes surrounding cells with an acrylamide mesh that keeps microscopic details intact without scattering light like lipid does. Neurotransmitters and other important molecules remain in place and can be visualized with a rainbow palate of fluorescent dyes.

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