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Chemical Cocktail Produces Transparent Mouse

September 1, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments


“What goes on inside a mouse’s brain?

Even though researchers have developed ways to make neurons fluoresce, they have a hard time observing them in an intact animal.

Enter a new chemical cocktail named Scale. Researchers serendipitously discovered that a mixture of urea, glycerol, and soap makes synthetic membranes transparent.

When they tried the mixture on a developing mouse fetus, they found that it removed all of the pigment from the cells, rendering them completely transparent.”

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