Fluorescence of photoreceptor cells observed in vivo

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Science  11 Sep 1981:
Vol. 213, Issue 4513, pp. 1264-1267
DOI: 10.1126/science.7268434


Most rhabdomeres in the eye of the fly (Musca domestica) are fluorescent. One kind of fluorescent emission emanates from a photoproduct of the visual pigment, other kinds may be ascribed to photostable pigments. These phenomena provide not only a means of spectrally mapping the retina but also a new spectroscopic tool for analyzing the primary visual processes in vivo.

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