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Bioluminescence is a complex chemical reaction within a cell
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Bioluminescence is a complex chemical reaction within a cell

May 28, 2010
Bioluminescence is a complex chemical reaction within a cell, which releases energy in the form of light. Researchers theorize that this illumination is a form of intra-species and inter-species communication. This natural light show can be seen in a wide variety of marine organisms, such as the Aequorea aequorea, pictured here. The work on the photoprotein aequorin obtained from this jellyfish (Aequorea) was supported by National Science Foundation grants from 1960 until July 2001.


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