Now you see it, now you don't – an intact adult mouse brain before and after the two-day CLARITY process (Photo: Deisseroth lab)
A three-dimensional rendering of the ventral half of a clarified brain imaged from below (Image: Deisseroth lab)
Three-dimensional view of stained hippocampus showing fluorescent-expressing neurons (green), connecting interneurons (red) and supporting glia (blue) (Image: Deisseroth lab)
Leader of the CLARITY research team, Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD (Photo: Steve Fisch/Stanford School of Medicine)
Many will remember the colorless colas that came and went in the early 90s. While they were nothing more than a gimmick, Stanford University researchers have developed a clear technology that should prove a little more beneficial to humanity. They have developed a process called CLARITY that turns a normally opaque brain transparent, allowing postmortem examinations to be done without slicing and dicing and opening the doors to a wealth of information about our least understood organ.
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