Bio Goes Fluoro!

To say our Year 12 Biology students had ‘glowing’ reports following this week’s Science lesson would be an understatement - their Bio practice went fluoro!

Students were involved in transforming bacteria (E. coli) with a gene from Aequorea Victoria; a bioluminescent jellyfish. The green fluorescent protein (GFP) of the jellyfish was expressed in the bacteria, causing them to glow bright green under UV light. 

The jellyfish protein is used in many areas of research, including cancer research to assist scientists in tracking the growth and spread of tumours.