Brilliant Colors: How One Jellyfish Set Science Aflame

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Left: Foxfire in the fungus Panellus stipticus. Center: A fish with luminescent scales. Right: A firefly with a luminescent lower abdomen.
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The Aequorea victoria jellyfish (left) and a group of jellyfish emitting soft blue, bioluminescent light (right).
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The three-dimensional protein structure of GFP, including a look at the chromoprotein within the barrel. Courtesy of Erin Rod.
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A look at some of the fluorescent proteins created by Roger Tsien, demonstrating a brilliant palette of colors.
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Top left: cell cortex with GFP. Top right: Neural cells expressing a vast array of different fluorescent proteins. Bottom right: The cortex of a mouse brain with GFP. Bottom left: Cancer cells in the Golgi apparatus is tagged with orange, microtubules with green and DNA in blue.
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An agar plate streaked with bacteria that express different fluorescent proteins. Made by Roger Tsien himself.

Science journalism at NYU. Previously Caltech, Imperial College. #SynBio newsletter: https://synbio.substack.com Web: https://nikomccarty.com

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