Dissection isn’t needed to see the organs, blood vessels and eggs of transparent frogs being produced by researchers in Japan.
The new see-through frogs allow scientists to observe a frog’s organs over its entire life, starting as tadpoles, instead of having to dissect it. Researchers hope it’ll help in the study of cancer and how toxins affect the bones, liver and other organs.
The frogs could also be used in schools, where dissections are becoming more controversial.
Researchers bred the transparent amphibian, which is a type of Japanese brown frog, for two recessive genes that make it pale. They are still trying to figure out how to pass the transparency trait to the frog’s offspring.