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The notoriety of “Shark Week” may be getting a flashy new upgrade, thanks to the phenomenon of glowing sharks. Certain shark species have been found to biofluoresce, illuminating the deep blue water in their vicinity with a light, bright green that is visible only to other sharks. The source of this light was previously unknown, but we now know that the hue is made possible by a family of small-molecule metabolites — a method of biofluorescence that differs from others that have been previously studied. And this finding could hold the key to benefits for the biomedical community.
David Gruber with the ‘shark eye’ camera he built with his colleagues to simulate how fluorescent sharks appear to each…READ MORE