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Starfish in the Deep Sea Can See

By Abby Olena | February 6, 2018

A study of 13 starfish species reveals that even animals that live at depths where sunlight doesn’t reach have functioning eyes.

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Image of the Day: Plant Bulbs 

By The Scientist Staff | December 14, 2017

Scientists infuse plants with the luminescence of fireflies. 

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Image of the Day: Psychedelic Symbiosis

By The Scientist Staff | July 12, 2017

Thanks to the bioluminescent bacteria inhabiting its light organ, the vividly colored southern bobtail squid (Euprymna tasmanica) can glow in the dark. 

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Transgenic Mouse Illuminates Melanoma Metastasis

By Abby Olena | June 28, 2017

Glowing cells mark the routes of tumor spread by way of newly formed lymph vessels. 

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Image of the Day: Root Rave 

By The Scientist Staff | May 24, 2017

Pea plant (Pisum sativum) roots that have been inoculated with engineered Rhizobia bacteria glow in the presence of certain proteins. 

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Image of the Day: Night Lights

By The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2017

The bioluminescent mushroom, Neonothopanus gardneri, glows green when luciferase enzymes interact with luciferin molecules, triggering a chemical reaction that releases light.

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Evolution of Fish Bioluminescence

By Tanya Lewis | June 9, 2016

Fish evolved to make their own light at least 27 times, according to a study.

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Picturing Infection

By Kelly Rae Chi | January 1, 2015

Whole-animal, light-based imaging of infected small mammals

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Bioluminescence Researcher Dies

By Jef Akst | August 12, 2014

Harvard biochemist J. Woodland Hastings, who first theorized about quorum sensing in the late 1960s, succumbed to pulmonary fibrosis last week at age 87.

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Flashy Deep Sea Fish

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | March 5, 2014

Fish with complex light-emitting photophore patterns may be primed to split into new species.

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