The past few years have seen a surge of interest in quantum biology: the application of the concepts of quantum physics to research in life science. The idea is hardly new; interest in applying quantum theory to the mystery of life dates back to the late 1920s, when the theory was emerging. But recent experiments in academic laboratories have revealed definite clues to the possible quantum nature of biological processes. Researchers have found some evidence for quantum entanglement—the interdependence of two entities however far they are apart— in bacteria. Multidisciplinary groups also report hints of two other quantum effects in biological molecules: tunneling, a particle’s ability to drive through a hill rather than going over it to reach the other side, and wave-particle duality, the simultaneous existence of matter in particle and wave states.
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Volume 63, Issue 3, May-June 2020
News and Analysis from the Global Innovation Scene