You can put your dissection kits away, kids. Japanese researchers have developed a method that results in extremely detailed images of the insides of individual organs and even entire animals. The incredible new technique is set to dramatically improve our understanding of how biological systems work.
A group of grad students have invented a chemical formula called Visikol that makes animal tissue transparent. The technology has been available to research labs for over a year, but the researchers are now hoping to see it used to create works of art and as an educational tool.
Transparency is an intriguing physical trait found throughout the animal kingdom, and in oceanic species, especially; as pointed out in this excellent overview of transparent animals by Scientific American's Sönke Johnsen, "almost all open ocean animals not otherwise protected by teeth, toxins, speed or small size…