Thursday, November 17, 2011

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

Or a turn of a key, if one decides to take a car. But I digress.

I spent some time searching for and reading reviews of books on bioluminescence on I also did an internet search for articles and websites about bioluminescence. Here is what I have found:
Books: (1) Glowing Genes: A Revolution in Biotechnology by Marc Zimmer, Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books (2005). (2) Aglow in the Dark: The Revolutionary Science of Biofluorescence by Vincent Pieribone and David F. Gruber, Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (2005). (3) Bioluminiscence: Chemical Principles and Methods by Osamu Shimomura, Hackensack, New Jersey: World Scientific Publication Company Inc. (2006).
I was able to get the first two books from the Austin Public Library and they promise to be interesting and informative reading. I was disappointed that the 3rd book is not part of the library’s holdings since Professor Shimomura is a giant in the field of bioluminescence, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008 for his discovery of Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) in jellyfish. I am going to try and get the book via interlibrary loan.
Websites and Articles: There were lots of pages to sift through, but I was able to narrow down the results to the following:
(1) The Bioluminescence Web Page
(2) Bioluminescence info and research from the Latz Laboratory of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography
(3) Bioluminescence in the Sea - Jan 2010 article in the Annual Review of Marine Science
(4) Bioluminescence article by Professor John Lee, University of Georgia
(5) Bioluminescence article by Steven Haddock, Research Scientist, Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

(7) TED talk on Glowing Life in an Underwater World by Edith Widder (CEO and Senior Scientist, Ocean Research and Conservation Association)
(8) Scientific American article on 10 shining examples of bioluminescent creatures

1 comment:

  1. Hey Aditya , interesting stuff! For the counterillumination you could also mention the jellyfish that Bonnie Bassler is researching. Remember the TED talk about bacterial quorum sensing I showed you guys? Also, I could potentially get hold of some fireflies and you could see the luciferin luciferase reaction.