It is now well established that all living systems emit a weak but permanent photon flux in the visible and ultraviolet range. This biophoton emission is correlated with many, if not all, biological and physiological functions. There are indications of a hitherto-overlooked information channel within the living system. Biophotons may trigger chemical reactivity in cells, growth control, differentiation and intercellular communication, i.e. biological rhythms. The basic experimental and theoretical framework as well as the technical problems and the wide field of applications in the biotechnical, biomedical engineering, engineering, medicine, pharmacology, environmental science and basic science fields are presented in this book. To promote the dialog and mutual penetration between biophoton research and photon technology is one of the important goals for the International Conference on Biophotons & Biophotonics 2003, and is developed and presented in Biophotonics: Optical Science and Engineering in the 21st Century. TOC:Preface.- Fluctuation Correlation Spectroscopy in Cells: Determination of Molecular Aggregation.- Dynamics of the Cell Membrane Observed Under the Evanescent Wave Microscope and the Confocal Microscope.- Using GFP and FRET Technologies for Studying Signaling Mechanisms of Apoptosis in a Single Living Cell.- Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) Study on Protein-Protein Interaction in Single Living Cells.- Functional Optical Coherence Tomography: Simultaneous In Vivo Imaging of Tissue Structure and Physiology.- Temporal Clustering Analysis of Cerebral Blood Flow Activation Maps Measured by Laser Speckle Contrast Imaging.- Photo- and Sonodynamic Diagnosis of Cancer Mediated by Chemiluminescence Probes.- Bioluminescence Assay for the Human Chaperone MRJ Facilitated by Refolding of Luciferase In Vitro.- Essential Differences Between Coherent and Non-Coherent Effects of Photon Emission from Living Organisms.- Parameters Characterizing Spontaneous Biophoton Signal as a Squeezed State in a Sample of Parmelia. Tinctorum.- Biophotonic Analysis of Spontaneous Self-Organizing Oxidative Processes in Aqueous Systems.- Two-Dimensional Imaging and Spatiotemporal Analysis of Biophoton Technique and Applications for Biomedical Imaging.- Ultraweak Photon Emission from Human Body.- Laser-Ultraviolet-A Induced Biophotonic Emission in Cultured Mammalian Cells.- Biophoton Emission and Delayed Luminescence of Plants.- Biophoton Emission and Defense Systems in Plants.- Index.
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