Quantum Effects in Biology

Stewart Wills

Photonic techniques are uncovering evidence that life’s evolutionary toolkit just might include quantum coherence, tunneling and entanglement.

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Mention the word quantum today, and the mind jumps to visions of next-generation technology. Ultra-low-noise quantum sensors. Exotic computers that corral delicate quantum bits in optical lattices or frigid superconducting circuits. A future “quantum internet” of hyper-encrypted communications riding on laser beams.

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