McGimpsey, William Grant
Politz, Samuel M.
Shonat, Ross D.
Swartzlander, Grover A.
UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA
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.
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