MRI of postmortem specimens of endangered species for comparative brain anatomy

Corfield, JR, Wild, JM, Cowan, BR, Parsons, Stuart, & Kubke, MF (2008) MRI of postmortem specimens of endangered species for comparative brain anatomy. Nature Protocols, 3(4), pp. 597-605.

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Many of the 5,500 threatened species of vertebrates found worldwide are highly protected and generally unavailable for scientific investigation. Here we describe a noninvasive protocol to visualize the structure and size of brain in postmortem specimens. We demonstrate its utility by examining four endangered species of kiwi (Apteryx spp.). Frozen specimens are thawed and imaged using MRI, revealing internal details of brain structure. External brain morphology and an estimate of brain volume can be reliably obtained by creating 3D models. This method has facilitated a comparison of brain structure in the different kiwi species, one of which is on the brink of extinction. This new approach has the potential to extend our knowledge of brain structure to species that have until now been outside the reach of anatomical investigation.

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ID Code: 79763
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1038/nprot.2008.17
ISSN: 1750-2799
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2015 01:17
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2015 23:25

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