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Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism...
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Gas analysis: for determining small amounts of impurities or poisons in air. Other compounds can also be determined by this method (ozone, N-oxides, S-compounds). Typical example is NO determination with detection limits down to 1 ppb analysis of inorganic species in liquid phase analysis of organic species: useful with enzymes, where the substrate isn't directly involved in chemiluminescence reaction, but the product is.
Bioluminescent organisms are a target for many areas of research. Luciferase systems are widely used in the field of genetic engineering as reporter genes. Luciferase systems have also been harnessed for biomedical research using bioluminescence imaging. Vibrio symbiosis with numerous marine invertebrates and fish, namely the Hawaiian bobtail squid (Euprymna scolopes) is a key experimental model for symbiosis, quorum sensing, and bioluminescence. The structure of photophores, the light producing organs in bioluminescent organisms, is being investigated by industrial designers.
Some proposed applications of engineered bioluminescence include:
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