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Uploaded on Feb 17, 2009
Biofluorescent coral and other sea life are more than just trippy eye candy for deep seadivers. The proteins in these animals that power their glow are being harnessed by scientists like Yale University's Vincent Pieribone to illuminate otherwise hidden neurobiological processes. Pieribone's work uses biofluorescense to identify the neural activity that drives motor functions and then convert that activity into action in paraplegics whose spinal cords are unable to deliver that activity to their muscles. Pieribone explains the biological equivalent of a blacklight poster to Roger in today's GOOD News.