Issue Date: March 20, 2017 | Web Date: March 16, 2017
Light-generating reporter molecules ease cell monitoring
To detect the goings-on inside cells without an external light source, scientists can genetically engineer cells to produce chemiluminescent reporter molecules. A new class of small molecules, however, can penetrate cells and monitor their biological processes by chemiluminescence, avoiding genetic modification.
Chemiluminescence, the process that lights up glow sticks, occurs when a chemical reaction generates light. Researchers use it to monitor reactive oxygen species and diagnose pathogenic infections, as well as for detection in chromatography, . . .
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