Couple of years ago I had an amazing chat with a dear friend. We were deliberating why and how some people are 'connected' beyond comprehension.
They feel not only an immense pull towards each other, but finish each other’s sentences, experience events the same way, sense intense emotions in each other’s lives when apart. We were wondering if DNA recognises its kind by emitting some type of a signal, acting as a beacon in search of it's 'brethren'.
Little did we know that scientists were wondering the same.
DNA Double Helices Recognise Mutual Sequence Homology in a Protein Free Environment
"DNA has been found to have a bizarre ability to put itself together, even at a distance, when according to known science it shouldn't be able to. No explanation, at least not yet.
Scientists are reporting evidence that contrary to our current beliefs about what is possible, intact double-stranded DNA has the amazing ability to recognize similarities in other DNA strands from a distance. Somehow they are able to identify one another, and the tiny bits of genetic material tend to congregate with similar DNA. The recognition of similar sequences in DNA’s chemical subunits, occurs in a way unrecognized by science. There is no known reason why the DNA is able to combine the way it does, and from a current theoretical standpoint this feat should be chemically impossible.
Even so, the research published in ACS’ Journal of Physical Chemistry B, shows very clearly that homology recognition between sequences of several hundred nucleotides occurs without physical presence of proteins. Double helixes of DNA can recognize matching molecules from a distance and then gather together, all seemingly without help from any other molecules or chemical signals.
In the study, scientists observed the behaviour of fluorescently tagged DNA strands placed in water that contained no proteins or other material that could interfere with the experiment. Strands with identical nucleotide sequences were about twice as likely to gather together as DNA strands with different sequences. No one knows how individual DNA strands could possibly be communicating in this way, yet somehow they do. The “telepathic” effect is a source of wonder and amazement for scientists.
“Amazingly, the forces responsible for the sequence recognition can reach across more than one nanometer of water separating the surfaces of the nearest neighbor DNA,” said the authors Geoff S. Baldwin, Nicholas J. Brooks, Rebecca E. Robson, Aaron Wynveen, Arach Goldar, Sergey Leikin, John M. Seddon, and Alexei A. Kornyshev.
This recognition effect may help increase the accuracy and efficiency of the homologous recombination of genes, which is a process responsible for DNA repair, evolution, and genetic diversity. The new findings may also shed light on ways to avoid recombination errors, which are factors in cancer, aging, and other health issues."
Original Article referenced:
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2008, 112 (4), pp 1060–1064
Publication Date (Web): January 9, 2008
Quantum phenomena in biology
Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Application of Science and Technology (PSRAST)
The eminent quantum physicists Fritz London and Niels Bohr suggested that quantum phenomena might be essential for life processes. During the last decade especially, increasing evidence has accumulated that indicates this is indeed the case. Especially the experimental work of Garajev et al (see point 1 below) indicates that a radical reinterpretation of the regulatory mechanisms of DNA is required.
Below you'll find brief summaries of some interesting texts along with links to their sources. Genetic code is only half the story - DNA is a quantum mechanical biowave computer.
Recent research has demonstrated that electromagnetic signals are of key importance in the regulatory functioning of DNA. Part of it is based on ultraviolet luminance creating biophotons that have been experimentally demonstrated to be able to enhance metabolic reactions thousandfold (1). Another aspect is an electromagnetically mediated "language" for communication between DNA and the cells. Actually laser light generated in DNA, experimentally demonstrated by P.P. Garajev (2),(3) is a key element in this information transmission system.
Gariaev P. et al, "The DNA-wave BioComputer" (3)
"...These assumptions produce a chromosome apparatus and fast wave genetic information channels connecting the chromosomes of the separate cells of an organism into a holistic continuum, working as the biocomputer, where one of the field types produced by the chromosomes, are their radiations. This postulated capability of such "laser radiations" from chromosomes and DNA, as will be shown, has already been demonstrated experimentally in Moscow, by the Gariaev Group. Thus it seems the accepted notions about the genetic code must change fundamentally, and in doing so it will be not only be possible to create and understand DNA as a wave biocomputer, but to gain from nature a more fundamental understanding of what information [Marcer in press] really is! For the Gariaev Group's experiments in Moscow and Toronto say that the current understanding of genomic information i.e. the genetic code, is only half the story [Marcer this volume]. "
1. Kaznacejev V. P., Michailova L. P. Ultraschwache Luminiszenz in interzellularen Interaktionen. Novosibirsk, Nauka, 1981 (in Russian)
2. Garjajev P. P. Der wellengenetische Code. 1997, ISBN 5-7816-0022-1 (in Russian)
3. Peter P. Gariaev, Boris I. Birshtein, Alexander M. Iarochenko, Peter J. Marcer, George G. Tertishny, Katherine A. Leonova, Uwe Kaempf, "The DNA-wave Biocomputer" at http://www.bcs.org/content/ConWebDoc/16170
FOR THE CURIOUS:
- The DNA-wave Biocomputer (original paper)
- The DNA Phantom Effect by Dr. Vladimir Poponin
- The Universe as a Hologram by Michael Talbot
- Consciousness, Physics, and the Holographic Paradigm essays by A.T. Williams
- Comparison between Karl Pribram's "Holographic Brain Theory" and more conventional models of neuronal computation by Jeff Prideaux
- Empirical Evidence Supporting Macro-Scale Quantum Holography in Non-Local Effects by Sue Benford