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BMC Biol. 2012; 10: 39.
Published online May 3, 2012. doi:  10.1186/1741-7007-10-39
PMCID: PMC3342923
A never ending race for new and improved fluorescent proteins
Alexander M Jones,1 David W Ehrhardt,1 and Wolf B Frommercorresponding author1
1Carnegie Institution for Science, 260 Panama St, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
corresponding authorCorresponding author.
Alexander M Jones: xanderjones/at/; David W Ehrhardt: ehrhardt/at/; Wolf B Frommer: wfrommer/at/
Received April 18, 2012; Accepted May 1, 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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