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We now have the power to make bones nearly invisible

Providing a new window into skeletal diseases
clear bones

Greenbaum et al./Sci. Transl. Med. 2017

A new technique renders mouse bones transparent. From left to right: femur before treatment; femur after treatment; tibia before treatment; tibia after treatment.

Just to be clear, scientists are still very far from re-creating The Invisible Man. But recently they’ve learned to make see-through brains and ghostly rat bodies, and now they’ve even created transparent bones.

Our skeletons are made up of living cells encased in calcium and collagen. The cells

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