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Tissue Imaging Method Makes Everything Clear

Science  12 Apr 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6129, pp. 131-132
DOI: 10.1126/science.340.6129.131

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Karl Deisseroth is on a roll. In March, he was awarded a share of the world's largest neuroscience prize; last week, he was appointed to advise President Barack Obama's new $100 million brain research initiative. Now, this week in Nature, Deisseroth presents a new way of imaging the brain, which many researchers say will fundamentally change the way labs study the intricate organ. CLARITY, Deisseroth's new technique, can be used to make any organ transparent, but it was the challenges of imaging the brain that motivated Deisseroth, who hopes to dissect psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and depression.