Wonder Wednesday: Transparent Skins and Colorful Bones [aka Fishy Business]

turtleWhen Dr. Adam Summers set about clearing and staining gobies, stingrays, and sharks he was shown the beauty of each fish’s unique form. Clearing and Staining allows humans to see the special shape of different specimens and thus learn their functions. There are different ways to examine fish like 3D CT Scans, MRIs, and Histologies, but all have their fallouts. Clearing and Staining shows cartilage in detail and gives a beautiful 3D reconstruction of every atom without ever removing them from the animal. The video made me wonder, “How did they do that?” and “Why?” I was curious about how the fish became transparent and why it was colored the way it was. Watch the video below to learn more.




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Rachel is a Highschool student from California. She plans to pursue a career as a Medical Practitioner in countries that need medical care most. She is the Errant Widget Herder @ Table Top Inventing.

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