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Offline thedoc

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Do we see quantum theory in living things?
« on: 10/03/2016 02:50:01 »
Mark Harnett  asked the Naked Scientists:
   Are there any examples from nature of living creatures or plants using the properties of quantum theory, such as we are starting to do with quantum computers? Mark Harnett

   
What do you think?
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Re: Do we see quantum theory in living things?
« Reply #1 on: 10/03/2016 09:26:13 »
It has been suggested that the ability of birds to detect Earth's magnetic field to navigate, is via quantum-entanglement ...
http://www.wired.com/2011/01/quantum-birds/
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Re: Do we see quantum theory in living things?
« Reply #2 on: 10/03/2016 09:50:59 »
There are also suggestions that quantum theory might explain the surprising efficiency of photosynthesis, vision, enzymes and how cells move.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_biology
 

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