What is the difference between bioluminescence, fluorescence, and phosphorescence? Hint: One is light that is produced by a chemical reaction inside or nearby a living thing when a luciferase enzyme breaks down a small molecule luciferin. This chemical reaction is being used by NSF NeuroNex Technology Hub researchers at Brown University, Central Michigan University, and The University of California in San Diego to better image and control brain activity. Watch this video created by Brown undergraduate and NeuroNex trainee, Raisa Khan, and learn more at bioluminescencehub.org.
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