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The naming of the blue UV photoreceptor "cryptochrome": From despised pun to ubiquitously found chromophore(s) controlling multiple functions.

A triple-peaked UV-blue photoacceptor was first found in fungi and nicknamed cryptochrome due to its being cryptic and found then only in cryptogamous plants. It was subsequently discovered in higher plants and even later in algae, insects, fish, amphibians, and mammals including humans. Cryptochrome is the photoacceptor controlling a plethora of properties in all these systems.

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