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Image of the Week: 3-D rendering of a clarified brain

Earlier this week, fellow Scope contributor Bruce Goldman reported on a paradigm-shifting process developed by Stanford psychiatrist and bioengineer Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, and colleagues. Using the process, called CLARITY, scientists were able to turn a mouse brain into an "optically transparent, histochemically permeable replica of itself."

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, commented on the breakthrough in a recent blog post, saying:

CLARITY is powerful. It will enable researchers to study neurological diseases and disorders, focusing on diseased or damaged structures without losing a global perspective. That’s something we’ve never before been able to do in three dimensions.

This haunting image depicts a three-dimensional rendering of clarified brain imaged from the ventral half. To fully experience the new method’s awe-inspiring capabilities, watch this fly-through video.

Previously: Scientific community (and Twitter) buzzing over Stanford’s see-through brain, Lightning strikes twice: Optogenetics pioneer Karl Deisseroth’s newest technique renders tissues transparent, yet structurally intact and Peering deeply – and quite literally – into
Photo by Deisseroth lab

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