Ever wanted to be invisible? Not in the metaphorical sense, but truly transparent?
Me either. But for those who do, scientists are a step closer to making see-through skin.
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have advanced a process called tissue clearing that basically strips away all the color from the body. They did this in mice (not humans). What they got was a blurry, goopy messy looking thing. Ugly, but still intact.
How did they do this? By injecting a gel and detergents into the mouse’s bloodstream, which somehow stripped away most of the things that block our view.
Why would they do this? Having see-through organs would allow scientists to study body processes in real-time, as they happen. This would allow scientists to better understand conditions such as chronic pain.
I support most science, but for now, I’m adding this to the “not too sure this is a good idea” pile. I can imagine this getting into the hands of mad scientists who try this (illegally) on humans.
At the very least, it would make a really horrific story.
No word on how the mice fared, though. I can’t imagine it feels good to be injected with gel and detergents.