Transparent Mice ‘Created’ In Japan
Scientists are using a new technique that renders the rodents so transparent they’re almost invisible.
Researchers from the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center at Osaka University say the biggest challenge was the light-blocking “heme” in hemoglobin, which gives the red color to the red blood cells and is found in most of our tissues. As it turns out, a substance used to make brains transparent for imaging also works to clear out heme.
At first, they were able to make translucent mice organs.
The Japan Times reports the researchers experimented on whole mice with the technique to clear heme from the blood after using saline to remove blood from the circulatory system.