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Researchers create a transparent skull to examine the brain of mice

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a unique 3D-printed transparent skull implant for mice that provides an opportunity to watch activity of the entire brain surface in real time. This breakthrough or “seethrough” could provide new insight for human brain conditions such as concussions, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

“What we are trying to do is to see if we can visualize and interact with large parts of the mouse brain surface, called the cortex, over long periods of time. This will give us new information about how the human brain works,” said Suhasa Kodandaramaiah, Ph.D., a co-author of the study.

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