Bioluminescence Applications

This discussion topic submitted by Jennifer Bivens ( at 4:19 pm on 10/17/01. Additions were last made on Thursday, April 18, 2002.

As an oceanographer, I am frequently asked, "What is so important about bioluminescence? Are there any real applications?" I usually describe its uses in genetics and environmental monitoring. Anyway, I found a nice summary article on the web and thought you'd and others might find it useful.

And as for bioluminescence for fourth graders, check out a company called Prolume. In addition to research, they make bioluminescenct toys. I think the BioToy division is at

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