Fireflies and Bioluminescent Insects - Biology - Prof. Sean filman - Lecture 1 of 20 - Video-lecture

Video-lecture, Biology

Description: Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism as a result of a chemical reaction during which chemical energy is converted to light energy. Bioluminescence is prevalent among deep sea organisms in order to aid them in survival within their environment, but can also be found in other organisms such as fireflies as we see here, specifically Japanese fireflies. Fireflies posses photic organs that produce light via a chemical reaction consisting of Luciferase, the enzyme that catalyzes the oxidation of the di-molicule, luciferin, magnesium adenosine triphosphate (Mg-ATP), and molecular oxygen. When this reaction occurs, light is produced. Now, let's take a look at exactly how the reaction occurs Show more
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