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Southern Lights: The Unique Bioluminescent Chemistry of New Zealand’s Glowworms

Credit: David Merritt

A glowworm in the Waitomo Caves hangs sticky threads to catch insect prey. Credit: David Merritt

By Nigel Perry, Oliver Watkins, Miriam Sharpe & Kurt Krause

Researchers have extracted the molecules that power the majestic glowworm displays in New Zealand’s Waitomo Caves.

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