Biological replication by quantum mechanical interactions

Bass L. (1977) Biological replication by quantum mechanical interactions. Foundations of Physics, 7 3-4: 221-231. doi:10.1007/BF00709008


Author Bass L.
Title Biological replication by quantum mechanical interactions
Journal name Foundations of Physics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0015-9018
Publication date 1977-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/BF00709008
Volume 7
Issue 3-4
Start page 221
End page 231
Total pages 11
Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Subject 3100 Physics and Astronomy
Abstract Wigner's quantum mechanical formulation of the problem of biological replication is examined with special reference to DNA. His necessary condition for replication is that the number of independent equations in his formulation should not exceed the number of unknowns. Explicit hypotheses concerning the relevant collision matrix are proposed without assuming biotonic modifications of quantum mechanics. Schrödinger's description of the gene as a low-temperature solid, combined with the concept of template, is given mathematical expression which fails to satisfy Wigner's necessary condition. The condition is satisfied by a further specialization of the collision matrix, which also implies metabolic stability of the replicating unit. Such metabolic stability is in fact a distinguishing feature of the DNA molecule.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status Unknown

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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