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A never ending race for new and improved fluorescent proteins

Alexander M Jones, David W Ehrhardt and Wolf B Frommer*

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Carnegie Institution for Science, 260 Panama St, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

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BMC Biology 2012, 10:39  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-10-39

Published: 3 May 2012


Bioluminescent and fluorescent proteins are now used as tools for research in all organisms. There has been massive progress over the past 15 years in creating a palette of fluorescent proteins with a wide spectrum of specific properties. One of the big challenges is to decide which variant may be best for a certain application. A recent article by Mann et al. in BMC Biotechnology describes a new orange fluorescent protein in plants.

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