About The Author

Gurpur is a researh scientist at the National Chiao Tung University.

Colorful Bioluminescence: Exploring ATP’s Effect On The Firefly Luciferase Reaction

Every spring, the forest near Hualien (Taiwan) gleams with a myriad of flickering lights. Curious visitors stare at these moving bright dots with amusement. The light is produced in a bioluminescent chemical reaction occurring in the bodies of some insect species, and catalyzed by an enzyme called luciferase. For decades now, the components of this