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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...

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...

Nanotechnology Harnesses The Power Of Fireflies
2012-06-17 03:00:18

What do fireflies, nanorods, and Christmas lights have in common? Someday, consumers may be able to purchase multicolor strings of light that don´t need electricity or batteries to glow.  Scientists at Syracuse University found a new way to harness the natural light produced by fireflies (called bioluminescence) using nanoscience. Their breakthrough produces a system that is 20 to 30 times more efficient than those produced during previous experiments. It´s all about the...

2012-06-11 20:46:01

Study shows molecular imaging technique can track stem cell therapy for hair regeneration Finding a way to restore hair growth after substantial hair loss is something of an obsession worldwide. Investigators at the Society of Nuclear Medicine's 2012 Annual Meeting presented how stem cell research for the development of new hair follicles can be monitored with an optical imaging technique that uses bioluminescence, the same process that allows fireflies to light up. There is a host of...

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)...

Explanation For Glowing Seas Suggested
2011-10-19 13:30:54

Potential mechanism for dazzling blue flashes of light in oceans identified It has long been known that distinctive blue flashes--a type of bioluminescence--that are visible at night in some marine environments are caused by tiny, unicellular plankton known as dinoflagellates. However, a new study has, for the first time, detailed the potential mechanism for this bioluminesence. The study, which was partially funded by the National Science Foundation, is reported by Susan Smith of Emory...

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2011-07-10 18:39:13

San Francisco State University researcher finds bioluminescent fungus not seen since 1840In 1840, renowned English botanist George Gardner reported a strange sight from the streets of Vila de Natividade in Brazil: A group of boys playing with a glowing object that turned out to be a luminescent mushroom. They called it "flor-de-coco," and showed Gardner where it grew on decaying fronds at the base of a dwarf palm. Gardner sent the mushroom to the Kew Herbarium in England where it was...

2011-05-30 00:00:29

Midbrook Medical, the Jackson, MI, manufacturer of medical decontamination, sterilization systems and custom fabricated medical equipment has introduced the "Medicount" Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) testing system to aid healthcare facilities in the fight against Healthcare associated infections (HAIs). (PRWEB) May 28, 2011 Midbrook Medical, the Jackson, MI, manufacturer of medical decontamination, sterilization systems and custom fabricated medical equipment has introduced the "Medicount"...


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2005-09-08 12:01:05

Fireflies, also known as lightning bugs, are nocturnal, luminous beetles of the family Lampyridae. These names come from the fact that some species as adults emit flashes of light to attract mates, using special light-emitting organs in the abdomen. The enzyme luciferase acts on luciferin to stimulate light emission. This reaction is of scientific interest, and genes coding for these substances have been spliced into many different organisms. Many species, especially in the genus Photinus,...

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