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Bioluminescence & Oxygen

    Graham S. Timmins

Keywords: Chemistry, Oxygen

Most bioluminescent organisms use molecular oxygen, O2, to oxidize their luciferins. I am particularly interested in this relationship, in terms of both the evolution, and physiological control, of bioluminescence.

In my research EPR oximetry techniques are being applied to measure oxygen levels in bioluminescent organisms in vivo, providing useful information that can be combined with measures of light emission to better understand the relationships between oxygen and bioluminescence. Similarly, bioluminescence is being used as a highly sensitive technique for measuring oxygen in vivo.

Submitted: 17-Feb-2000

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Graham S. Timmins |
Welsh Heart Research Institute, | phone: 01222 744130
UWCM, Heath Hospital | Other Web Page
Cardiff  CF4 4XN United Kingdom |
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