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Aglow in the Dark By Vincent Pieribone

Aglow in the Dark

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In the early 1960s, in a small shack on the Washington coast, a young Japanese scientist performed an experiment to determine what made a certain jellyfish glow. The substance he discovered, green fluorescent protein, would revolutionise molecular biology. This title talks about one of the groundbreaking discoveries of the 20th century.
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Aglow in the Dark: The Revolutionary Science of Biofluorescence by Vincent Pieribone

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 revolutionise 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 20th century.

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"[A] beautifully illustrated book...The main narrative is riveting, and the authors capture the sometimes curious way that science progresses through an alternation of chance discoveries and systematic, goal-directed experiments. Students wondering whether they are cut out to become scientists ought to be encouraged by the diverse cast of characters involved in solving the mystery of bioluminescence...These are exciting times for biology, and this accessible and lively introduction conveys the sheer pleasure of discovery, as well as the enormous technological potential of fluorescent proteins." - Thomas G. Oertner, Nature"

About Vincent Pieribone


Vincent Pieribone is Associate Professor, Yale University School of Medicine, and Associate Fellow, The John B. Pierce Laboratory, Yale University. David Gruber is a science journalist and biological oceanographer at Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Sylvia Nasar Prologue 1. Living Light 2. Fireflies of the Sea 3. From the Fires of Nagasaki 4. The Secret of the Jellyfish's Flicker 5. The Light at the End of the Rainbow 6. Illuminating the Cell 7. Glow Worms 8. Fluorescent Spies 9. A Rosy Dawn 10. Shimmering Reefs 11. Lighting Up the Brain 12. Glowing Thoughts Notes Acknowledgments Index

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GOR005203655
Aglow in the Dark: The Revolutionary Science of Biofluorescence by Vincent Pieribone
Vincent Pieribone
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Harvard University Press
2007-04-24
288
0674024133
9780674024137
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