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PP: New Chemical Makes Plants Transparent for Experimentation

Submitted by lcampion on Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:26

Janpanese scientists have created a chemical bath to treat plants that reduces the visible chloropasts within the plant. Day to weeks after the treatment, the plant become virtually transparent, allowing scientists to see the inner workings of the plant in a live and real-time manner. Researchers introduce fluorescent proteins that target specifc areas or proteins within the plant while its still alive. The plant is then killed with formaldehye, sectioned, and then frozen. These frozen sections can be further cut into cross section to be examined under the microscope. This method has been tested on rice, tobacco, tomato, cucumber, moss, and other flowering plants. 

 

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/05/explore-transparent-plants/

 

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I would just work on consolidating your sentences so that you get the same message across in fewer words. For example, the first sentence could be modified to read, "Janpanese scientists have developed a chemical bath that reduces the visible chloropasts within plant tissues." Taking out unnecessary words and modifying word choice can help improve readability. There is also significant repetition of the word plant in the following sentence, "Day to weeks after the treatment, the plant become virtually transparent, allowing scientists to see the inner workings of the plant in a live and real-time manner." This sentence could be modified to read, "Days to weeks after treatment, the tissue becomes virtually transparent, allowing scientists to observe the inner workings of the plant cells in real-time." The rest of the paragraph sounds good! 

The only suggestions I have is to change "treat plants that reduces the", to "treat plants that reduce the" and "Day to weeks after" to "Days to weeks after".