Green Fluorescent Protein

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Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) is found in the Jellyfish species Aequoria Victoria. GFP is a special protein because it has fluorescent properties due to its ability to emit light at a certain wavelength. The single gene which codes for GFP is inserted into the DNA of a cell and it is produced during protein synthesis. GFP is used as a probe to monitor the movement and location of a protein of interest[1]. GFP is also useful in the minor impact it has upon an organisms physiology when used, meaning it can locate a protein of interest without having an effect on the organism itself[2].

References

  1. Alberts et al. Molecular Biology of the Cell - 5th Edition (Garland science, 2008) pg 592-3
  2. The Green Fluorescent Protein: discovery, expression and development. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/2008/advanced-chemistryprize2008.pdf , Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien (The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences,October 2008, Last accessed: 21/10/2016
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