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Biophotonics and Violet Glass

Biophotonic is a word that though unfamiliar to many of us, influences all living organisms. Biophotonics is simply a combination of 'bio', meaning life, and 'photos', which refers to light, and means the interaction of light with living material.

Biophotonics has been studied in one form or another since the Ancient Greeks, but only in recent times has the technology become available to study the effects of light on organisms and the cells that make up those organisms in greater detail.

The modern history of biophotonics can be traced to the Russian biologist and medical scientist Alexander Gavrilovich Gurwitsch (1874-1954) who first observed the biophoton in 1923. Biophotons are photons of light in the ultraviolet and low visible light range that are produced by a biological system. Biophotons have been proposed to be a mechanism for communication between plant cells, particularly at times of stress, inducing cellular repair and recovery.

Biophotonic techniques are now being used in applications across a range of fields within medicine and life sciences, including advanced microscopy and spectroscopy methods, and in the use of lasers as a tool in cell biology and surgical techniques. Light's characteristics of speed, precision and non-invasiveness make it an ideal tool for the elucidation of biological processes and disease causes directly on the cellular level. Such in-depth understanding of the processes in our body makes it possible to develop new strategies for controlling diseases.

The German government has since 2001, in partnership with industry, invested over 170 million Euros in research and development into optical techniques for biological and medical applications of biophotonic technology. This iniative, under the name Biophotonik, is headed by Jürgen Popp, PhD, Professor and Chair at the Institute of Physical Chemistry and Abbe Center of Photonics Director, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany. The simple mission statment for the Biophotonik initiative is "Light for Health".

Miron violet glass preserves the natural biophotonic potency of stored products, maintaining qualities such as taste, colour, smell and vitamin and mineral constituents, whilst prolonging its shelf life.

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