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Life Creating Light
Bioluminescence is light produced by a chemical reaction within a living organism. Usually two substances and Oxygen are required. The substance that produces the light is generically called luciferin, and the substance that drives or catalyzes the reaction is called lucerifase. The chemical reaction from combining these substances is very efficient, producing 98% of its energy as light (glow) and only 2% as heat. One photon of light is produced for each molecule of luciferin consumed. Luciferases perform this reaction several hundred times per second, and will continue until all the luciferin is consumed.
The specific luciferin BioLume uses is called Coelenterazine, a word derived from Coelenterates, a class of marine invertebrates that includes jellyfish, sea anemones, and corals. Coelenterazine is the most widespread luciferin molecule found in nature.It is a very potent, natural anti-oxidant. All of the marine organisms that emit light use different luciferases but most use the same luciferin, Coelenterazine.