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Accelerating Change

The Big Idea for Thursday, April 11, 2013

A new brain imaging technique called CLARITY has enabled scientists to study intact brain tissue and analyze intact components in relation to each other. This breakthrough could speed up brain research by 10 to 100 times. 

This is the type of breakthrough that has instant change potential, transforming the way research is done in an entire field. As a group of researchers wrote in the journal Nature yesterday, "Obtaining high-resolution information from a complex system, while maintaining the global perspective needed to understand system function, represents a key challenge in biology." Challenge solved. 


  1. 1 Transparent Brain Imaging Will Accelerate Research 10 to 100 Times
    Big Think Editors Think Tank
  2. 2 "The First Time I Saw in 3-D."
    Susan Barry
  3. 3 Why Study Animals’ Brains?
    Joseph LeDoux
  4. 4 Learning to See in 3-D: A Neurobiologist Rewires Her Own Brain
    Megan Erickson Think Tank

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