Liggins Institute seminar: Fireflies and superbugs: when science and nature collide Event as iCalendar

27 February 2013

4 - 5pm

Venue: Seminar Room 505-003, Building 505, 85 Park Road, Grafton

TB or not TB?? That is one of Dr. Wiles many questions. Come hear a talk which promises to be illuminating!

Bioluminescence (literally ‘living light’) has evolved in a wide variety of fascinating organisms with many different purposes. It allows glow worms to glow worms to lure food, fireflies to find a mate and nocturnal squids to camouflage themselves from predators. The light is produced as a by-product of an enzyme (‘luciferase’) reaction, emitted when a substrate (‘lucferin’) is exposed to oxygen. Siouxsie will talk about her research using bioluminescence to better understand infectious diseases, from tracking infections in living animals to discovering new drugs for tuberculosis.


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