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Living Lights, Lights for Living

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$53.50 • £42.95 • €48.00

ISBN 9780674067165

Publication Date: 03/04/2013


208 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

74 color illustrations, 3 halftones, 11 line illustrations, 6 graphs


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Five Different Bioluminescence Systems
    • 1. A Marine Crustacean: Bioluminescent fishes as plagiarists and thieves
    • 2. Jellyfish and Green Fluorescent Protein: A soft coral, a calcium-sensitive protein, and fish with related bioluminescence systems
    • 3. Fireflies and Other Beetles: Luciferase-dependent bioluminescence color and rhythmic displays
    • 4. Dinoflagellates and Krill: The sparkling clocks of the oceans and bioluminescent shrimp
    • 5. Bacteria: Bacterial “communication,” symbioses, and milky seas
  • Part II: Diversity, Functions, and Evolutionary Origins of Bioluminescence
    • 6. Short Accounts of Other Luminous Organisms: Having different and not well- characterized biochemistries
    • 7. Bioluminescence in the Oceans: Anglerfish, dragonfish, and a Lake Baikal parenthesis
    • 8. The Many Functions of Bioluminescence: Defense, offense, communication, and propagation
    • 9. The Origins and Evolution of Bioluminescence: How did luciferases originate?
  • Part III: Bookends
    • 10. Applications: Tools for biology, medicine, and public health
    • 11. How Does Life Make Light?: “Excited molecules” and bioluminescence
  • Glossary
  • Further Reading
  • Illustration Credits
  • Index

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