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velvet belly lanternshark
2014-08-10 02:00:23

PLOS The eyes of deep-sea bioluminescent sharks have a higher rod density when compared to non-bioluminescent sharks, according to a study published August 6, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Julien M. Claes, postdoctoral researcher from the FNRS at Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium), and colleagues. This adaptation is one of many these sharks use to produce and perceive bioluminescent light in order to communicate, find prey, and camouflage themselves against...

What's Behind A Marine Creature’s Bright Green Fluorescent Glow?
2014-07-03 03:45:45

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego Fish-like animal emanates bright and dim versions of fluorescent light, a phenomenon that could help guide human biotechnological applications Pushing closer to understanding the mechanisms behind the mysterious glow of light produced naturally by certain animals, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have deciphered the structural components related to fluorescence brightness in a primitive sea creature....

2014-06-09 14:15:16

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Monitoring the drug concentration in patients is critical for effective treatment, especially in cases of cancer, heart disease, epilepsy and immunosuppression after organ transplants. However, current methods are expensive, time-consuming, and require dedicated personnel and infrastructure away from the patient. Publishing in Nature Chemical Biology, scientists at EPFL introduce novel light-emitting sensor proteins that can quickly and simply...

2014-04-10 16:15:29

New findings hold promise for expanded use of bioluminescence imaging tools New research from scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School shows that fruit flies are secretly harboring the biochemistry needed to glow in the dark —otherwise known as bioluminescence. The key to activating this latent ability is a novel synthetic analog of D-luciferin developed at UMMS. The findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that...

2014-03-04 12:25:10

RAMSEY, N.J., March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Konica Minolta Sensing Americas featured blog article: Glow Baby Glow: Biofluorescence vs. Bioluminescence (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140304/NY76372 ) Bioluminescence and Biofluorescence are two different naturally occurring phenomenons seen within certain organisms and generally involve the production or emission of light. Even though they are very similar, bioluminescence and biofluorescence are created differently and...

Biofluorescence In Fish
2014-01-09 15:16:51

[ Watch the Video: Strange Lights In The Deep, Dark Ocean? ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study in the journal PLOS ONE has revealed biofluorescence in over 180 fish species and opened the door to the discovery of new fluorescent proteins that could be used in biomedical research. When organisms biofluoresce, they absorb light, convert it, and send it back out as a different color. "We've long known about biofluorescence underwater in organisms like...

Glow In The Dark Piglets
2013-12-27 14:00:12

[ Watch the Video: Glow In The Dark Piglets ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Reproductive scientists in China have created pigs that glow in the dark, according a study that has been submitted for publishing in the Biology of Reproduction Journal. Ten transgenic piglets were born earlier this year that glow green under a black light or UVA light. The pigs represent a technique a team from Guangdong Province in Southern China developed that could help develop...

2013-12-19 23:29:15

A slapstick adventure featuring mouse brains, sheep, and green fluorescent protein, Susy Gage's "Not Easy Being Green" is an exploration of the ethics of gene therapy wrapped in a humorous fictional adventure. Coming 2015 in print and electronic format from Bitingduck Press, the book is currently available in galley form and will be featured at the 2014 BookExpo America and LA Times Festival of Books. Pasadena, CA (PRWEB) December 19, 2013 Finding a dead mouse in the lab is...

Investigating The Slimy Bioluminscence Of A Hidden Sea Worm
2013-11-14 05:45:54

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study, led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, is investigating the mechanisms behind a little-known marine worm that produces a dazzling bioluminescent display in the form of puffs of blue light, released into seawater. The Chaetopterus marine worm, commonly known as the "parchment tube worm" due to the opaque, cocoon-like cylinders where it makes its home, is found around the world in muddy environments,...

2013-07-01 14:40:41

A team from UNIGE has developed a biotechnology that can be used in many biomedical sectors Most of our physiological functions fluctuate throughout the day. They are coordinated by a central clock in the brain and by local oscillators, present in virtually every cell. Many molecular gearwheels of this internal clock have been described by Ueli Schibler, professor at the Faculty of Science of the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland. To study how the central clock synchronizes...


Latest Bioluminescence Reference Libraries

Humpback Anglerfish, Melanocetus johnsonii
2013-10-09 11:29:50

The Humpback Anglerfish (Melanocetus johnsonii), or common black devil, is a deep-sea anglerfish belonging to the family Melanocetidae, found in tropical to temperate portions of all oceans at depths of up to 6,600 feet. Male humpback angler fish are much smaller in size compared to the females, being no more than 3 centimeters long, whereas the female usually achieves a length of 7 inches long. Humpback angler fish remain free swimming into adulthood, which isn’t the case with other...

Bathocyroe fosteri
2014-01-05 00:00:00

Bathocyroe fosteri is a species of lobate ctenophore found in all oceans around the world. It is typically found at intermediate depths and is very abundant near the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. This deep-sea comb jelly is named for Alvin (DSV-2) pilot Dudley Foster, who is credited with first collecting the specimens. This specimen measures about two inches tall and is bioluminescent. This species, as well as other ctenophores, reproduce sexually, with little to know self-fertilization known....

Angler, Lophius piscatorius
2012-04-02 16:12:16

The Angler, (Lophius piscatorius), also known as the Fishing-frog, Frog-fish, or Sea-devil, is a species of monkfish in the family Lophiidae. It is found in coastal waters of the northeast Atlantic, from the Barents Sea to the Strait of Gibraltar, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. This species comprises a significant commercial fishery in parts of its range. The Angler has a very large, broad head that is flat and depressed. The rest of the body appears to be a mere appendage. The wide...

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2007-04-19 10:14:45

Double anglers are a family, Diceratiidae, of anglerfish. They are found in deep, lightless waters of the Atlantic, Indian and western Pacific Oceans. They are easily distinguished from other anglerfish by their possession of a second light-bearing dorsal fin spine immediately behind the illicium (the bioluminescent lure present in other anglerfish). As in other anglerfish, males are very much smaller than the females and, after a larval and adolescent free-living stage, spend the rest...

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2007-04-18 15:16:24

The Cookiecutter shark, Isistius brasiliensis, also known as the cigar shark or luminous shark, is a small rarely-seen dogfish shark. Anatomy and morphology The Cookiecutter sharks often glow green and grow up to 20 in (50 cm) long. The underside of the shark is bioluminescent, glowing a pale blue-green that matches the background light from the ocean's surface that serves as camouflage to creatures beneath it. However, a small non-luminescent patch appears black deceiving the shark's...

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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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