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Optical Biomimetics by M Large

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Fluorescence control in natural green fluorescent protein (GFP)-based photonic structures of reef corals

A. SALIH,     University of Western Sydney, Australia

Abstract:

The green fluorescent protein (GFP) and a variety of GFP-like homologues that colour tissues of many reef organisms have revolutionized biological and biomedical research by providing the means to fluorescently tag and visualize the activity of genes and proteins in living cells. This chapter describes how we can further capitalize on what nature has produced by using the GFP group of photoactive proteins, which evolved to perform a variety of biological functions, to develop a range of biomimetic advanced biophotonic applications. The evolutionary pressures that led to ...

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