A tubifer cardinalfish
Genome Spotlight: Tubifer cardinalfish (Siphamia tubifer)
These tiny reef fish harbor luminous bacteria, and the chromosome-level assembly of the species’ genome may facilitate the duo’s use as a vertebrate model for symbiosis.
Genome Spotlight: Tubifer cardinalfish (Siphamia tubifer)
Genome Spotlight: Tubifer cardinalfish (Siphamia tubifer)

These tiny reef fish harbor luminous bacteria, and the chromosome-level assembly of the species’ genome may facilitate the duo’s use as a vertebrate model for symbiosis.

These tiny reef fish harbor luminous bacteria, and the chromosome-level assembly of the species’ genome may facilitate the duo’s use as a vertebrate model for symbiosis.

bioluminescence
Colorized satellite image of milky sea
Milky Seas Can Be Spotted from Space
Connor Lynch | Nov 1, 2021
Analysis of data from a new satellite sensor helps researchers detect large patches of bioluminescence in the oceans faster than ever before.
Fireflies lighting up a tree at night
Firefly Tourism Sparks Calls for Sustainable Practices
Asher Jones | Jun 1, 2021
More and more people are traveling around the world to watch the luminous displays of fireflies, but tourism-related light pollution and habitat degradation threaten to snuff out the insects at some locations.  
a photo of fish swimming
Fish Steals Bioluminescence from Prey
Abby Olena | Jan 9, 2020
Rather than making its own light, a shallow-water marine fish gets all the tools that it needs for bioluminescence production from eating tiny, glowing crustaceans.
Flashlight fish
Image of the Day: Flashlight Fish
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 21, 2019
The bioluminescent Anomalops katoptron can coordinate its schooling behavior after dark. 
Image of the Day: Light Show
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 7, 2019
Sea fireflies spew a mucus with a chemical glow to lure mates and avoid being eaten.
Image of the Day: Breathe In
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 14, 2019
Inhalable particles carrying mRNA make mouse lungs glow.
Image of the Day: Fire Alarm
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 24, 2018
Bats use both echolocation and vision to avoid eating unpleasant fireflies.
Image of the Day: Glowing Tide
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | May 10, 2018
Each year, bioluminescent microorganisms create striking displays on the beaches of San Diego.
Image of the Day: Inner Glow
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Feb 26, 2018
Researchers engineered a system for bioluminescent imaging that is as much as 1,000 times stronger than existing methods.
Starfish in the Deep Sea Can See
Abby Olena | Feb 6, 2018
A study of 13 starfish species reveals that even animals that live at depths where sunlight doesn’t reach have functioning eyes.
Image of the Day: Plant Bulbs 
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Dec 14, 2017
Scientists infuse plants with the luminescence of fireflies. 
Image of the Day: Psychedelic Symbiosis
The Scientist Staff | Jul 12, 2017
Thanks to the bioluminescent bacteria inhabiting its light organ, the vividly colored southern bobtail squid (Euprymna tasmanica) can glow in the dark. 
Transgenic Mouse Illuminates Melanoma Metastasis
Abby Olena | Jun 28, 2017
Glowing cells mark the routes of tumor spread by way of newly formed lymph vessels. 
Image of the Day: Root Rave 
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. 
Image of the Day: Night Lights
The Scientist Staff | Apr 30, 2017
The bioluminescent mushroom, Neonothopanus gardneri, glows green when luciferase enzymes interact with luciferin molecules, triggering a chemical reaction that releases light.
Evolution of Fish Bioluminescence
Tanya Lewis | Jun 9, 2016
Fish evolved to make their own light at least 27 times, according to a study.
Picturing Infection
Kelly Rae Chi | Jan 1, 2015
Whole-animal, light-based imaging of infected small mammals
Bioluminescence Researcher Dies
Jef Akst | Aug 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.
Flashy Deep Sea Fish
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Mar 5, 2014
Fish with complex light-emitting photophore patterns may be primed to split into new species.