Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Chemical Treatment Makes See-Through Brains

In the article, "See-through brains clarify connections", a breakthrough in neural mapping is described. Scientists have found a way to make organs clear, which especially helps with the brain, which we have had to cut into slices to map out. The process works by first creating a system to hold the cells in place, and then dissolving the lipids. They are then able to run a dye through whichever parts of the brain they want, and they are provided with a 3D model of all the the brain's circuitry. This video from the article takes you through it pretty well:

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