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Process that creates transparent brain named one of year's top scientific discoveries


Remember CLARITY? Earlier this year, Stanford psychiatrist and bioengineer Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, and colleagues announced the development of the method, which renders tissue transparent while leaving it structurally intact. The work, as outlined in a release, "ushers in an entirely new era of whole-organ imaging that stands to fundamentally change our scientific understanding of the most important but least understood of organs, the brain, and potentially other organs, as well." Now, Wired Science has included it on their list of the top scientific discoveries of 2013.

Previously: Stanford-developed fertility treatment deemed a “top medical breakthrough” of the year, Lightning strikes twice: Optogenetics pioneer Karl Deisseroth’s newest technique renders tissues transparent, yet structurally intact, Peering deeply – and quite literally – into the intact brain: A video fly-through and Scientific community (and Twitter) buzzing over Stanford’s see-through brain
Image (a three-dimensional rendering of clarified brain imaged from below) courtesy of the Deisseroth lab

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