Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Going Green inside and out!

Everyone's going green! The Chemistry Nobel prize went to 3 U.S.- based scientists - Osamu Shimomura, Martin Chalfie and Roger Tsien - for discovering and developing the green flourescent protein (GFP).

Well - it is kinda impressive - what they do with this GFP, which comes from jellyfish. It is being used to study the progression of diseases, examine embryo, tissue and brain development, as well as mark cells and proteins for research.

The spectrum of colors has increased beyond green. As quoted:
Harvard researchers announced that they had tagged brain cells in mice with some 90 colors. The technique is called "Brainbow".

For a change - color discrimination for a good cause!

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