Scientists are hopeful that in studying the what makes native glowworms glow that might lead to finding new ways of fighting serious diseases. A group of Otago University researchers have found how our glowworms produce their glow and are now looking at ways it can be applied medicinally.
The scientists looking at the glow worms discovered that our native species uses a different chemical reaction to other creatures which light up such as the fire fly.
Lead author, Dr Miriam Sharpe talks to Jesse about what they have discovered and the potential to use the chemicals in fighting disease.
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