Faculty Advisor

McGimpsey, William Grant

Faculty Advisor

Politz, Samuel M.

Faculty Advisor

Shonat, Ross D.

Faculty Advisor

Swartzlander, Grover A.

Abstract

The emission of ultra-weak bioluminescent light (biophoton emission) from cultures of S. cerevisiae was studied. Experiments were designed to verify the cell-cycle dependence of biophoton emission. A correlation of emission and conformational changes that occur in nuclear DNA during mitosis was explored. Conflicting data were obtained and are attributed to electronic noise in the light detection apparatus. Protocols for morphological examination of the cell-cycle dependence of biophoton emission and investigating the role of DNA in biophoton emission were demonstrated.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001

Major

Biochemistry

Major

Interdisciplinary

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering

Advisor Department

Physics

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