Bioluminescence and Illuminating Disease
Marc Zimmer recorded this Aquacast at the Aquarium on March 17, 2016. Zimmer is a professor of chemistry at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut.
Zimmer discusses his book, Illuminating Disease: An Introduction to Green Fluorescent Proteins. The book presents an overview of green fluorescent proteins sourced from jellyfish, their discovery, and their wide use by scientists and doctors. These proteins literally illuminate microscopic interactions in living cells. Applications in modern medicine and biology include tracking HIV, breeding bird flu-resistant chickens, and confirming the existence of cancerous stem cells.