New Article – ‘Glow-in-the-dark’ vs. ‘Fluorescent’

Posted On: Friday, February 10, 2017

Mouse with actin labeled with GFP (c) Charles Mazel

The internet media – including science outlets – almost always gets it wrong when they call things ‘glow in the dark’. The fluorescent proteins have transformed research but they are just that – fluorescent and not self-luminescent. Yes, ‘glow in the dark’ sounds cool, but hey, this is science and we should get the language right. Read the new knowledge article explaining what the difference is and how the words are being misused.


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