Clearing up anatomy with a see-through mouse

Clearing up anatomy with a see-through mouse

A new technique produces a strange sight and a better view on the body

By Bethany Brookshire, 14:55 PM August 14, 2014

The clearish lump looks like some bizarre, translucent gummy candy that might have once been piƱa colada flavored. But this is something you definitely don’t want to eat. That see-through blob was once a mouse.

In the Aug. 14 Cell, scientists at Caltech detail the difficult series of methods required to make small animals such as mice and rats completely translucent. Scientists have been trying to clear tissue for better observation since the 1800s, and, as with all science, the new technique...

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