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Chemical Magnetoreception: Bird Cryptochrome 1a Is Excited by Blue Light and Forms Long-Lived Radical-Pairs

  • Miriam Liedvogel,

    Affiliations: VW Nachswuchgruppe Animal Navigation, IBU, University of Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany, Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Kiminori Maeda,

    Affiliation: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Kevin Henbest,

    Affiliation: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Erik Schleicher,

    Affiliation: Institut für Experimentalphysik, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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  • Thomas Simon,

    Affiliation: DIARECT AG, Freiburg, Germany

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  • Christiane R. Timmel,

    Affiliation: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • P. J. Hore,

    Affiliation: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Henrik Mouritsen mail

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: henrik.mouritsen@uni-oldenburg.de

    Affiliation: VW Nachswuchgruppe Animal Navigation, IBU, University of Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany

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  • Published: October 31, 2007
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0001106

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