Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Talk about clearing your head: Stanford University scientists have found a way to make mouse brains transparent.
That's a very useful tool for brain research, and one scientist called it "stupendous." It allows scientists to see fine anatomical and chemical details inside the brain in a natural, three-dimensional setting.
The Stanford scientists also were able to use the technique on small pieces of human brain, and they're working to see if they can make an entire human brain transparent. It's impossible to predict if this new transparency tool will lead to any discoveries for particular diseases like Alzheimer's or schizophrenia.
The research was reported online Wednesday in the journal Nature.