Luminescent "Crystalline" Particles: An Organized Subcellular Bioluminescent System

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Science  27 Sep 1963:
Vol. 141, Issue 3587, pp. 1269-1270
DOI: 10.1126/science.141.3587.1269


A new type of intracellular biological particle which is functional in light emission has been discovered and isolated. As seen with the electron microscope it resembles a crystal; moreover, its high degree of birefringence suggests crystallinity. Isolated particles can be caused to emit a luminescent flash that resembles the flash emitted by the dinoflagellate, Gonyaulax polyedra. The particles are referred to as "scintillons".