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  • n. Any of several light-sensitive flavoproteins, in the protoreceptors of plants, that regulate germination, elongation and photoperiodism


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  • Ritz and colleagues previously identified a molecule called cryptochrome, which is found in the nerves of avian eyes, as a candidate for controlling birds 'ability to sense magnetic fields.


  • Scientists have also studied a protein molecule, called cryptochrome, that drives the chemical processes behind the birds 'magnetic abilities.

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  • The most likely molecules involved in the sensing of magnetic fields are thought to be cryptochrome and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), which are found in the light-sensitive cells in the retina. - latest science and technology news stories

  • When struck by blue light, cryptochrome and FAD both shift into an active state in which each molecule has an unpaired electron, creating a "radical pair." - latest science and technology news stories

  • These were subsequently followed by discoveries of many additional genes in a number of species, including cryptochrome, bmal and doubletime in animals, wc in fungi, toc in plants and kai in cyanobacteria.

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  • Drosophila melanogaster is mediated by the ultraviolet (UV) - A/blue light photoreceptor cryptochrome (Cry) 1.

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  • "Animals, including insects, use cryptochrome for navigation," he said. - Local News

  • UK biologist Andrew Goldsworthy said the bees may have been affected because of a pigment called cryptochrome. - Local News

  • "Animals, including insects, use cryptochrome for navigation," Goldsworthy told CNN.

  • The reason, Goldsworthy says, could hinge on a pigment in bees called cryptochrome.


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