Scientists Made Mice That Are See-Through, Shrunken, and Glow in the Dark

Imagine being able to peer deep inside of a creature, without needing to dissect it first. If you were studying a specific organ or tumour, that would be incredibly useful—not to mention quite a sight to behold, seeing the inner machinery of the body. Scientists have found a way to make whole animals (like lab mice and rats) transparent, and their bits and pieces fluoresce. Down the road, it could be a useful technique to map and study the human brain. The technique is called “ultimate 3D imaging of solvent-cleared organs,” or uDISCO. It basically works around the fact that mammals are filled with water and lipids—fats that block the light from filtering through an organism. Right now, scientists have to use comparatively low resolution imaging techniques, like MRI or…


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