Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Light of fireflies for medical diagnostics

Scientists have exploited the light of fireflies in a new method that detects biological molecules without the need for complex devices and high costs. The researchers were able to add a small chemical tag on the enzyme luciferase, which produces the light of fireflies. The tag detects a target protein, and the luciferase gives out a light signal that can be seen with a naked eye.

from Geochemistry News -- ScienceDaily

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