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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...

2011-12-29 08:00:00

The BioSciences Website EurekaMag.com publishes articles in all areas of biological science. The latest articles cover Fireflies which are winged beetles chemically producing light from their lower abdomen, Synapse which is a structure in the nervous system that permits neurons to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another cell. The article on Lotus covers the aquatic perennial plant commonly cultivated in Southeast Asia for its edible seeds and rhizomes. Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB)...

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2011-02-13 08:51:32

Lynn Yarris, Berkeley Lab A unique new probe based on luciferase, the enzyme that gives fireflies their glow, enables researchers to monitor  hydrogen peroxide levels in mice and thereby track the progression of infectious diseases or cancerous tumors without harming the animals or even having to shave their fur. Developed by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley, this new bioluminescent probe has already...


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callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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