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Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence


Luminescence is light of a physical system, that is not generated by high temperatures alone. Chemiluminescence - also: chemoluminescence - is the emission of light as the result of a chemical reaction with limited emission of heat. Bioluminescence is emission of light by a living organism as the result of a chemical reaction.

Online available information resources on bioluminescence and chemiluminescence

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General Information

Nature’s Bright Idea. Article, 2000 - Format: PDF - [e]

Bioluminescence Gallery
Deep-sea Photography Galleries. HBOI Photo Gallery - [e]

Bioluminescence Web Page
All about Bioluminescence. University of California, Santa Barbara - [e]

Chemiluminescence Home Page
All about Chemiluminescence. Sam Houston State University - [e]

Chemiluminescence Movies
The Chemiluminescence Home Page. Sam Houston State University - [e]

Chemistry of Bioluminescence
Details on bioluminescence reactions. University of California, Santa Barbara - [e]

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Theory and Scientific Models

Firefly Bioluminescence
The Physiology of Firefly Bioluminescence - [e]

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The Evolution of Bioluminescence - [e]

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Lecture Notes, Tutorials

Bioluminescent Protease Assays
Lecture notes - [e]

Luminescence Spectroscopy
Lecture notes - Format: PDF - [e]

Luminol Synthesis
Synthesis and characterization of luminol, reaction mechanism - Format: PDF - [e]

Marine bioluminescence
Why do so many animals in the open ocean make light? - [e]

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Special Information

Aquorea aquorea
The Bioluminescence and Fluorescence of Aquorea aquorea - [e]

Bioluminescence of Plankton
… and nekton - [e]

Earthworm Bioluminescence
A slideshow - [e]

Firefly Bioluminescence
Article - Format: PDF - [e]

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Oxalate esters
DNPO - A Chemiluminescent Rainbow; Chemiluminescence of oxalate esters - [e]

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Details on luciferin, the basic substrate of any bioluminescent reaction. University of California, Santa Barbara - [e]

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... provides a forum for the publication of original scientific papers, short communications, technical notes and reviews on fundamental and applied aspects of all forms of luminescence, including bioluminescence, chemiluminescence, electrochemiluminescence, sonoluminescence, triboluminescence, fluorescence, time-resolved fluorescence and phosphorescence. Luminescence publishes papers on instrumentation, mechanistic and synthetic studies, basic biology and biochemistry, assays and analytical methods. Wiley - [e]

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News Archive

Green fluorescent protein: vibrations key to efficiency of GFP
Charting femtosecond energy flow could aid redesign of molecules to improve light capture - [e]

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International Society for Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence
ISBC serves to promote the fundamental and applied sciences of bio- and chemi-luminescence throughout the world - [e]

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Related Books and Scientific Literature: Bioluminescence:


Vincent Pieribone, David F. Gruber

Aglow in the Dark: The Revolutionary Science of Biofluorescence

In the early 1960s, in a small shack on the Washington coast, a young, self-educated Japanese scientist performed an experiment to determine what made a certain jellyfish glow. The substance he discovered, green fluorescent protein, would revolutionize molecular biology, transforming our study of everything from the AIDS virus to the workings of the brain. Aglow in the Dark follows the path that took this glowing compound from its inauspicious arrival on the scientific scene to its present-day eminence as one of the most groundbreaking discoveries of the twentieth century.

The story unfolds in far-flung places, from the coral reefs of the Pacific Ocean, to the medical schools and marine stations of our leading universities, to a cold war-era research laboratory in Moscow. Traversing the globe and the decades, Aglow in the Dark conveys the human fascination with bioluminescence, or "living light," its little-known application in war, forensic science, and molecular biology, and how it led to the finding of green fluorescent protein. The book reveals a hidden world where light is manipulated by animals and humans and put to remarkable uses - unlocking the secrets of the human brain, conquering dreaded diseases, and perhaps someday linking minds and machines. The authors deftly lead the reader through a complex story at the interface of biology and physics - and into the realm of wonder on the frontiers of scientific endeavor.

Belknap Press; 2006

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