When Quantum Physics and Biology Interact…..

Posted: May 26, 2012 in Biology, Science
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At first glance, it would seem that quantum physics and plant biology are worlds apart, both empirically and theoretically.  However, this assumption has been questioned by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory.

In an article posted on the Science Daily website, the findings of the research are explained as follows:

The quantum effects observed in the course of the experiment hint that the natural light-harvesting processes involved in photosynthesis may be more efficient than previously indicated by classical biophysics, said chemist Gary Wiederrecht of Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials. “It leaves us wondering: how did Mother Nature create this incredibly elegant solution?” he said.

It seems then that this research may point to something more profound and intrinsic to the natural world, although more research is clearly required in order to elucidate what is going on, and the wider implications thereof. Nevertheless, it could be of great significance.

You can read the entire article here:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120524092932.htm

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