Aglow in the Dark: The Revolutionary Science of Biofluorescence

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Harvard University Press, 2005 - Science - 263 pages
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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.

  

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User Review  - Amy - Goodreads

Fun science book. We swam in the glowing sea of dinoflagelates at Vieques and I have been wondering about them ever since. This book explains the science behind the glow and the many modern uses for the glow as well. Read full review

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User Review  - Jeff - Goodreads

This is a wonderful book tracing the history of biofluorescence, with an emphasis on GFP in cell biological research. This is probably the best book I've ever read on florescence, and the interviews ... Read full review

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Contents

Foreword
Living Light
9
Fireflies of the Sea
27
From the Fires of Nagasaki
43
The Secret of the Jellyfishs Flicker
59
The Light at the End of the Rainbow
75
Illuminating the Cell
95
A Rosy Dawn
161
Shimmering Reefs
179
Lighting Up th
199
Notes
235
Acknowledgments
251
Index
253
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