An eel’s glow could illuminate liver disease

Fluorescent protein binds to bilirubin, a compound the body must eliminate

Japanese freshwater eels (one shown) travel for miles during migration from the sea to rivers. A protein made by the eels glows when connected to bilirubin, an antioxidant. Together the two compounds may protect the eels' muscles from stress. 

Akiko Kumagai and Atsushi Miyawaki

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