TMC News, July 21, 2020

This story from the Texas Medical Center focuses on Pei-Yong Shi’s work with the enzyme luciferase, which give lightning bugs their distinctive glow. Shi and his team are using the enzyme to develop faster and more accurate diagnostic tests for COVID-19. “The great thing about luciferase, and the one that we specifically use which is nanoluciferase, is that it’s really bright,” said fourth-year graduate student Coleman Baker.