Luciferin molecule glow in the dark science sticker / water bottle decal
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How do fireflies make their butts glow? 🍑💡✨ Through a light-forming reaction involving a molecule called Luciferin! #Luciferin is a name given to the group of light-emitting 💡 compounds found in bioluminescent organisms. Light is generated when these compounds undergo an oxidation reaction catalyzed by an enzyme called #Luciferase. In fireflies, when Luciferin + Luciferase mix together in the presence of oxygen and ATP (cellular fuel) - the chemical reaction gives off energy in the form of yellow-green light! The wavelength of this light = 560nm. This same compound, named D-Luciferin or Firefly Luciferin, is commonly used in cell-based assays as a bioluminescent reporter for studying gene regulation/function, cell viability, and in vivo imaging!