Why Scientists Are Making Brains Transparent

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

See inside the brain like never before! Stanford University scientists have figured out a way to turn a mouse brain transparent, giving us a whole new view of the least understood organ in the human body.

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“See-through brains clarify connections”

“Technique to make tissue transparent offers three-dimensional view of neural networks.”

“Structural and molecular interrogation of intact biological systems”

“Obtaining high-resolution information from a complex system, while maintaining the global perspective needed to understand system function, represents a key challenge in biology.”

“Seeing the Brain’s Circuits with a New Clarity”

“CLARITY allows molecular analysis of the intact brain.”

“An activity map of the whole zebrafish brain”

“A new technique enables researchers to visualise the activity of nearly every cell in the larval zebrafish brain”

“‘Ice fish’ Bleeds Clear Blood”

“The Ocellated Ice Fish lives in the freezing waters of the Antarctic Ocean, where it manages to keep its body doing all the things that other fish do, but with blood that is absolutely clear, researchers said.”

“How Much Does It Hurt? Let’s Scan Your Brain”

“Scientists reported Wednesday that they had developed a way to measure how much pain people are experiencing by scanning their brains.”

“Brain Scans Offer Precise Measurement Of Human Pain”

“A new study is a first step toward a objective way to measure physical pain.”

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48 comments

Moss April 23, 2013 - 3:56 PM

i want to see how my brain functions and i want to see how my spinal cord works aswell

joe miniclip April 25, 2013 - 4:03 AM

my nuts

Seiko May 17, 2013 - 2:21 AM

Getting an idea would make us have literal idea bulbs!

Miniboyss May 18, 2013 - 8:56 PM

Cool, until they do it and you can't make it unclear again..

AlphaDelta May 25, 2013 - 1:35 AM

make my skin transparent and stoll into school lookin fine

fleebs June 2, 2013 - 7:01 PM

Make everything clear so you can be sort of "Invisible."

Paige Dorty June 11, 2013 - 9:35 PM

I'd use it to be able to see a fetus grow inside the body, say it would be interesting

Aurora Culy June 13, 2013 - 3:36 AM

i would want a view of the cardiovascular system

Munchkin~o~Munch June 19, 2013 - 4:14 PM

I don't want to use it because i wont be curious on how everthing works anymore!!!!!

GoldenTV3 June 24, 2013 - 7:54 PM

my dick

Ronald van Spengen July 1, 2013 - 5:44 AM

It's 1:43 AM and I can't stop watching!!!

Nicholas Mazzarella July 7, 2013 - 6:09 AM

I wanna watch my stomach :o

Nicholas Smith July 15, 2013 - 12:20 PM

Yeah, it is.

Dizzypointed August 2, 2013 - 2:24 AM

I wanna watch every fucking thing! :)

Chilledfish August 7, 2013 - 10:19 PM

Isn't the brain, you know… Covered by your skull and skin?
Even if the brain were transparent, you would still have a problem.

KuZurK August 9, 2013 - 9:39 AM

I knew someone was going to say that when he said "What body part do you want to be able to see through"

Alex McColl August 13, 2013 - 4:41 AM

I want to see a baby being formed real time.

Tristin Roberts September 1, 2013 - 10:46 PM

fuck it this is such a long science video streak

Sol K. Posner September 13, 2013 - 9:17 AM

Well, then it will be possible to be invisible using that shampoo ingredient lol.

mason water September 30, 2013 - 2:51 AM

my penis

MrDrDudeMan October 19, 2013 - 10:55 AM

I'd rather have some carcinogen in my brain over having no function in my brain any day.

vasco coelho October 24, 2013 - 4:27 AM

2:59 Duck

Daniel Hughes October 29, 2013 - 4:05 PM

why would that create suicidal tendencies ? thats a daft anti-smoking sentiment my friend ha.

angeldude101 November 21, 2013 - 7:26 AM

If your lips, tongue and face are transparent, then there would be no point to chewing with your mouth closed.

Varun Steven November 27, 2013 - 8:12 PM

about 6 hours on an average and 3 hours before day with  exams xD

Quinn December 15, 2013 - 10:17 PM

We could use this technology to see if there really are seven main energetic pathways in the body known as Chakras…?

Braxton Smith December 16, 2013 - 12:41 PM

My dick!!!

1Hephaestus January 1, 2014 - 6:55 AM

Sucks if you need brain surgery.. :

AnimatorMX January 2, 2014 - 7:11 AM

MY STOMACH

hopgoblen March 2, 2014 - 6:31 PM

cure alzhimers

BomberBoy March 17, 2014 - 4:15 PM

on a weekend 12-1 

Joseph Sanchez April 1, 2014 - 11:41 AM

clothes..

Nyarlathotep Flagg April 1, 2014 - 5:56 PM

I would simply want to compare my frontal lobe to other people's. Judging by the dramatic difference in personality, I suspect mine will have some fundamental abnormalities.

Inochi Fumetsu April 14, 2014 - 11:41 PM

kinda cool but if the brain is dead I'm not sure I see how much of a help it really is?

Dylan Achbach June 20, 2014 - 2:00 AM

INVISABILITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Zack Green July 22, 2014 - 12:07 AM

my heart

Innova fora July 28, 2014 - 9:26 PM

Nicely cast episode

DragonBoy November 15, 2014 - 5:31 AM

I HAVE NO PENIS!!!
oh there it is

O Alem November 15, 2014 - 7:16 AM

Literally brainwashed!

TurboSol November 15, 2014 - 11:01 AM

Wow this is awesome!

T P November 18, 2014 - 6:37 AM

Umm… Are you in front of a green screen?

Evilflyingllama December 24, 2014 - 4:58 PM

If it didn't do serious damage I would love to see thought the outer layers of a pregnant woman's belly into her womb, HOW COOL WOULD THAT BE?!?!

Scott Erb January 23, 2015 - 6:03 AM

The soul. ;p

hellio ringos June 24, 2015 - 3:09 PM

i subscribed not because of the video but because of the one talking

Kyllian Masson October 23, 2015 - 3:27 AM

none

MotionlessGraham March 3, 2016 - 9:20 AM

lungs

Bren den April 20, 2018 - 5:19 AM

Late to the party here but, FWIW @seeker, the image at 1:08 is not from fMRI its from structural MRI (Gogtay et al., 2004: PNAS) showing grey matter changes during adolescence.

Lawrence Wallace - guitarist May 18, 2018 - 12:42 PM

how would they be able to do this for patients one day?