Fluorescent protein found in Japanese eel

06/14/2013 | Nature (free content)

Researchers say the muscle fibers of a Japanese freshwater eel produce the first fluorescent protein they've seen in a vertebrate. The gene that creates the glowing protein was identified and the protein was named UnaG, after the Japanese unagi, popular in sushi restaurants. The discovery may be used to test for human diseases where an increase in bilirubin is present in the blood.

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