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See-through goldfish  (Source: AFP)
See-through goldfish could be used for research purposes, or make an expensive pet

South Korean scientists may have created a glowing cat, but Japanese researchers have successfully developed a transparent goldfish.

The clear goldfish allows observers to see the tiny fish's beating heart, which allows scientists to observe living creatures and reduces the numbers of dissections.

"You can see a live heart and other organs because the scales and skin have no pigments," said Yukata Tamaru, Mie University associate professor, in a statement to the AFP.  "You don't have to cut it open. You can see a tiny brain above the goldfish's black eyes.  Having a pale colour is a disadvantage for goldfish in an aquarium but it's good to see how organs sit in a body three-dimensionally."

The goldfish could live up to 20 years and can grow up to 10 inches in length.  Researchers can view the fish as it grows from a speck up to a five-pound goldfish later in life.

Japanese researchers from the Institute for Amphibian Biology of Hiroshima University are expected to begin mass producing see-through frogs sometime in 2010, with the estimated price near $110.

Human rights experts around the world have voiced concern regarding the overall lack of other options aside from dissections, which was one of the leading reasons behind similar research.



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Should apply the same to humans
By kontorotsui on 12/31/2009 8:27:24 AM , Rating: 2
Doctors would love that.




RE: Should apply the same to humans
By datababe on 12/31/2009 9:08:51 AM , Rating: 5
If they did that, I wonder how many of the human heads would reveal themselves to be completely empty.


RE: Should apply the same to humans
By theplaidfad on 12/31/09, Rating: -1
RE: Should apply the same to humans
By lco45 on 1/3/2010 7:38:39 PM , Rating: 2
No, "I wonder" is a statement.

A question might be "do you ever wonder?".

Luke


RE: Should apply the same to humans
By Trisagion on 12/31/2009 9:50:18 AM , Rating: 5
Or how many humans are spineless...


By Seemonkeyscanfly on 1/5/2010 6:02:15 PM , Rating: 2
I was thinking full of crap... but you know somethings I just do not want to see... like a piece of steak turning to poop... Thanks to this article this image is now burned into my skull.


RE: Should apply the same to humans
By Super on 12/31/2009 9:51:42 AM , Rating: 2
nice. lol


RE: Should apply the same to humans
By bobsmith1492 on 12/31/2009 12:01:43 PM , Rating: 2
Hollow heads have been seen before - in fact, it's a condition called hydrocephalus.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,15...


RE: Should apply the same to humans
By bobsmith1492 on 12/31/2009 12:04:00 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, the whole head being hollow isn't hydrocephalus; that was just a precursor to this man's condition.


RE: Should apply the same to humans
By tdktank59 on 12/31/2009 2:13:08 PM , Rating: 2
The body is a unique and wondrous thing. It can cope with almost anything based on the circumstances.

Luckily this happened when he was young when his brain was still forming. And since not all parts were used while a baby as you grow up more and more parts get filled up (data storage in a sense) a you mind uses very little and as you grow you fill it up with memories and such.

So its no surprise to me that the body can make due with less brain matter, It just reroutes signals elsewhere to make up for what is "not there" Then again his brain doesn't know the difference it just formed in that way.


By Chemical Chris on 12/31/2009 2:28:20 PM , Rating: 2
No, when he was young he had a buildup of fluid, which was drained (from 6months to 14 years old) by a valve. It is therefore likely that his brain was much more 'normal' when he was 14, and over the years the fluid has once again accumulated; that is, his brain has been shrunk since that point by the expanding fluid sack. This will probably kill him eventually.
Also, when you grow you do not 'fill up' your brain with memories; while the exact mechanism of memory is still not fully understood, we do know that the brain does not 'grow' and/or get 'filled up' with increasing knowledge/skills learned, etc. (I am being a little bit broad with that statement, ie it is not 100%, but for our purposes here it is accurate enough).
But you are correct that his brain will adapt to its changing environment to keep functioning/alive. As evidenced by his brain shrinking *after* the age of 14 until the present. But all is not hunky dory; his IQ is 75, thats almost 2 standard deviations below the average(he is in the bottom 3 or 4%), so he isnt that bright. But alive and no major, game-stopping deficiencies is pretty good. But it does suck for him, and it will kill him if untreated (draining it now may not be possible, or at least would require a very long time).

ChemC


RE: Should apply the same to humans
By frobizzle on 12/31/2009 9:39:58 AM , Rating: 2
If not see-through skin then at least see-through clothes.

I nominate Samantha Fox as the official model of the new see-through fashions!


RE: Should apply the same to humans
By messyunkempt on 12/31/2009 10:00:13 AM , Rating: 2
In her prime maybe, but isn't she about 50 now?


RE: Should apply the same to humans
By riottime on 12/31/2009 11:05:22 AM , Rating: 2
he think he meant megan fox not samantha (ew, if he did, she's like a granny now).


By AnnihilatorX on 12/31/2009 1:06:05 PM , Rating: 2
Shh, some people have a fetish for grannies.
Last time I checked as a research purpose, for different types of, erm p0rn on the internet, the possibility is endless.


RE: Should apply the same to humans
By Black69ta on 1/1/2010 8:48:15 PM , Rating: 2
Samantha Fox? Wow, that is a name I haven't heard in years, wonder if she is any kin to Megan Fox.

Samantha was a hottie back in the Day, but seriously wasn't that 15-20 years ago?


By Camikazi on 1/3/2010 10:24:28 AM , Rating: 2
She still looks better then A LOT of girls out now, no way would I turn her down. Needless to say, I'd hit that.


By Belard on 1/3/2010 6:14:11 AM , Rating: 3
She's all yours man. :)

But shes pretty good for her age.

We all get old folks.


RE: Should apply the same to humans
By jdietz on 12/31/2009 1:56:17 PM , Rating: 2
Hypochondriacs could take it to a whole new level. Now you'll really know if you have internal bleeding or not!
On the other hand, it would make it more difficult to examine the skin for problems. It would be possible to detect a major bone fracture - even without an X-ray.
Even in the Goldfish, you can't see it's stomach, for example because it's covered by muscle tissue. Humans have the same problem - a bunch of stuff (mostly muscle?) is covering all the good parts. You can't see the brain - the skull is covering most of it. Bones are never going to be transparent. They are made of mostly calcium phosphate-which is white (and not clear).


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