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TaxiClear transforms biology into brilliant works of art that illustrate the beauty and complexity of life
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 Whole-body Anole - Stained with Alcian - 8 Dram Vial (25 ml) - $50

Single Stained Fish - Alizarin or Alcian - 8 Dram Vial (25 ml) - $45 

We do not want to kill fish to make these specimens so we will collect five different types of dead fish from local fish store friends (tons of fish die a day). You will pick the type of fish you want and the stain you would like once the kickstarter campaign ends. You can also suggest a type of fish you would like for us to collect, but they will be roughly 3-4" in length. 

Cleared Mouse Brain - $210 - Only one on the web

Double Stained Mouse - Dark - Alizarin & Alcian - 8 Dram Vial (25 ml) - $60

 Single Stained Mouse - Dark - Alizarin - 8 Dram Vial (25 ml) - $60

 Single Stained Mouse - Light - Alizarin - 8 Dram Vial (25 ml) - $60

 Double Stained Mouse - Light - Alizarin & Alcian - 8 Dram Vial (25 ml) - $60

BRUSHED ALUMINUM PRINTS

Drosophila melanogaster - Brushed Aluminum Print - $25

Arabidopsis thaliana - Brushed Aluminum Print - $25

Mouse Hind Quarters - Brushed Aluminum Print - $25

Project Timeline:

Our major goal with launching this kickstarter is be able to have the funds to hire help with preparing specimens and to be able to purchase a large volume of chemicals and reduce our costs. The chemicals we use are very expensive in small quantities and making these specimens can be very time consuming. By being able to purchase $2,000+ of chemicals at a time we will be able to greatly reduce our costs and provide these specimens at the prices shown above. Otherwise it is just not possible to produce these specimens for such a low cost.

After we meet our goal of $5,000 with this kickstarter we will immediately purchase all of the chemicals we need to fulfill our orders and will hire undergraduate students at Rutgers University to help with many of the laborious tasks. These students are quite easy to obtain as college students on campus are always looking for summer work.

We hope to fulfill the first 100 specimen orders within 3 weeks of this kickstarter closing and then we hope to be producing around 100-200 specimens per week to meet demand. Once we have the chemicals and help we can make these specimens quite quickly, but it is difficult to do so without the required cash. However, if we are able to far exceed our goal of $5,000 we will be able to meet very large demands as our processes are scalable and we will just hire additional help. We hope that once we receive this cash and produce all of the kickstarter rewards we will be able to continually produce these specimens and sell to various hobbyists and collectors as they are a unique and high quality work of art.

The non specimen rewards will also all be shipped out within three weeks of this kickstarter ending. As for the more expensive rewards these will be negotiated between the funder and our team. We would love to have dinner and lunch with everyone right after the kickstarter ends, but we will be busy making specimens. These dates and times will be negotiated so that they work for everyone.

Contact:

Michael Johnson: michael.johnson@visikol.com

Our Team: 

About Us: 

We're a group of Rutgers graduate students who are the founders of Phytosys LLC and the developers of Visikol. Initially, we had set out to create a clearing agent for plants to replace the toxic and highly regulated chemical, chloral hydrate in our plant biology lab. But along the way, it became rapidly apparent that this compound not only had great potential in academic research, but also created amazing cleared specimens that simply blew away everything else we could find. While other chemicals had degraded tissues and left specimens poorly stained, Visikol was able to produce brilliant works of art in an amazingly short period of time. We knew this could not remained confined in an academic lab.  

Through launching TaxiClear we aim to take Visikol from a chemical used in laboratories to an artistic tool that can bring biology to life. Because Visikol was targeted towards academic researchers, it has been inaccessible to hobbyists and artists. While Visikol has become widely used for research, we have not yet had the opportunity to make it available to artists or hobbyists. 

Risks and challenges

This project is our first attempt at using Visikol for art and providing specimens to customers. We have had a solid track record of delivering orders quickly and responding to customer inquiries immediately for Visikol and hope to be able to do the same for TaxiClear.

We have spent the last year perfecting our protocols to produce these beautiful works of art and hope to use the funds from this Kickstarter to consistently and quickly produce these high quality specimens. The only obstacle that we foresee is meeting the demand for these specimens and shipping them quickly enough to our supporters.

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    Friends of TaxiClear: for your donation you will receive an email with various pictures of specimens cleared with TaxiClear and of course our sincerest THANK YOU!

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    TaxiClear Postcard: for your support we will send you a hand-signed thank you on the back of a high resolution picture of specimens cleared with TaxiClear.

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    Aluminum Brushed Photo (3 Options Available - Plant, Insect, Animal): If you are not interested in our cleared specimens but appreciate their artistic quality you can support us through this donation. We will contact you for which option you would like.

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    Cleared Small Mouse (No stain): For your support in launching TaxiClear we will send you a beautiful cleared mouse for this very low price. Try finding one of these specimens anywhere else for this price

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    Fish - See Details below picture. Approx 3-4"

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    Single Stained Mouse - Dark - Alizarin - 8 Dram Vial (25 ml): While this price is already lower than anywhere else, with your support we will be able to produce these works of art at an even better price.

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    Whole Body Anole - Stained with Alcian - 8 Dram Vial (25 ml): These specimens are our personal favorite product as they look like fluorescent dragons. They will make a great conversation piece on your desk or specimen in your classroom.

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    Single Stained Mouse - Light - Alizarin - 8 Dram Vial (25 ml): While this price is already lower than anywhere else, with your support we will be able to produce these works of art at an even better price.

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    Double Stained Mouse - Dark - Alizarin & Alcian - 8 Dram Vial (25 ml): The double stain allows you to see cartilage in blue in contrast to ossified bone stained red to purple.

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    Double Stained Mouse - Light - Alizarin & Alcian - 8 Dram Vial (25 ml): The double stain allows you to see cartilage in blue in contrast to ossified bone stained red to purple.

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    Anole and Fish - Want both our lizard and fish???

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    Mouse and Anole: Whole-body Anole - Stained with Alcian and a Single Stained Mouse - Dark - Alizarin

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    Mouse and Anole: Whole-body Anole - Stained with Alcian and a Double Stained Mouse

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    Fish Combo - Get three cleared and single stained fish

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    GET ALL THREE!! Mouse, Anole and Fish: Whole-body Anole - Stained with Alcian and a Single Stained Mouse - Dark - Alizarin. See fish for details.

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    Two Double Stained Mice - Dark - Alizarin & Alcian - 8 Dram Vial (25 ml): The double stain allows you to see cartilage in blue in contrast to ossified bone stained red to purple.

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    Cleared and Stained Rat (One Stain): Rats are approximately four times larger than our mice - Pictures coming soon...contact for details.

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    Cleared Mouse Brain! These are the only cleared mouse brains you can buy on the web. These mark a huge step for our chemical formula Visikol and in the future we hope to use Visikol to investigate various diseases such as Alzheimers and Dementia

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    Lunch with the founders: For those who really want to learn about TaxiClear for use in your business or art. Meet with us in the central New Jersey area.

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    Get six specimens and save!
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    Double Stained Mouse - Dark - Alizarin & Alcian
    Single stained mouse - light - Alizarin
    Single Stained Mouse - Dark - Alizarin
    Whole-body Anole - Stained with Alcian

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    Two Cleared and Stained Rats (One Stain): Rats are approximately four times larger than our mice.

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    Lab Tour and Dinner with the Founders: For your very gracious support we will schedule dinner with the founders on us in the NYC area and a tour of our lab.

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    Cleared Fetal Pig with Latex Injected Arteries and Veins: This is the Holy Grail of cleared specimens and is something that has never been done before. With our TaxiClear protocols and Visikol chemical we will make the world's first transparent animal with bright red and blue arteries and veins. We will document all steps in creating these specimens and will take video of their progress. Please email us with more information on this prize

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