An Interphylum Luciferin-Luciferase Reaction

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Science  12 Aug 1960:
Vol. 132, Issue 3424, pp. 422-423
DOI: 10.1126/science.132.3424.422-a


The light-emitting enzyme-substance systems, heretofore separated from different types of luminescent organisms, exhibit a marked biological specificity and comprise chemically different components. Extracts from a luminescent fish are now found to cross react with a crustacean system; some properties of the new system and implications of the phenomenon are discussed.