biochem2 - Bioluminescence History By the mid 1600s, the...

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Bioluminescence History By the mid 1600s, the first serious scientific attempts to understand the origin of luminescence in organisms were underway. In 1667, Robert Boyle, using air pumps, determined that luminescence of dead flesh and fungi was dependent on the air(Binger). It wasn’t until the 1830’s when German scientist G. A. Michaelis discovered that the lumi nescence from dead fish was due to something living. In 1885, the French physiologist Raphael Dubois was the first to isolate the light pro- ducing chemicals from clams, paving the way for the characterization of the molecular, chemical, and physiological mechanisms behind this process. Today, bioluminescence has been observed in thousands of species including bacteria, fungi, and marine animals (Biron). Bioluminance has only been used as a scientific tool for about the last 20 years. Today, bioluminescence is being applied directly in experimental assays and attempts are being made to mass market bioluminescence to the general public (Biron)
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