How is bioluminescence used in biotechnology? The bioluminescence reaction is now routinely used for gene assays, the detection of protein–protein interactions, high-throughput screening (HTS) in drug discovery, hygiene control, analysis of pollution in ecosystems and in vivo imaging in small mammals.
Who invented luciferase? The Discovery of Luciferin and Luciferase by Raphaël Dubois
Dubois used bioluminescent clams and cold water to make a glowing paste. He split the paste into two parts. When he heated the first sample to near boiling, the glow immediately stopped.
What is the function of luciferase? The power of luciferase has been harnessed by scientists to devise reactions whose light output is used to monitor biological processes including gene expression, biomolecular binding, and cell viability.
Why is it called luciferin? “Luciferin” got its name from the Latin word “lucifer” (meaning “light-bearing”), which is also a source of the word that is sometimes used as a name of the devil.