Beautiful Biology II

Check out this beautiful new video from Infectious Thoughts that explains how understanding what makes fireflies glow can help us to develop better antibiotics and address important global problems.  I think it is an excellent argument for the value of basic science research.  None of this would have been possible without funding for researchers to understand firefly biology, irrespective of the potential applications.

Here is a radio clip from Our Changing World on Radio New Zealand National where Siouxsie Wiles explains her research in more detail:

Bioluminescence and Superbugs


About Amy Dapper

I am a PhD student at Indiana University working with Mike Wade and Curt Lively to better understand how interactions between the sexes influence evolution.

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