New Fluorescent Protein from Eel Revolutionizes Key Clinical Assay (video) RIKEN Share Print E-Mail Loading video... Caption Unagi, the sea-going Japanese freshwater eel, harbors a fluorescent protein that could serve as the basis for a revolutionary new clinical test for bilirubin, a critical indicator of human liver function, hemolysis, and jaundice, according to researchers from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute. The discovery also sheds light on the mysterious and endangered Unagi that could contribute to its conservation. Credit RIKEN Usage Restrictions UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL: 12:00 PM Noon US Eastern Time 16:00 GMT on June 13, 2013/ 01:00 am JST on June 14, 2013 Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.