Quantum biology

Neill Lambert, Yueh Nan Chen, Yuan Chung Cheng, Che Ming Li, Guang Yin Chen, Franco Nori

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Recent evidence suggests that a variety of organisms may harness some of the unique features of quantum mechanics to gain a biological advantage. These features go beyond trivial quantum effects and may include harnessing quantum coherence on physiologically important timescales. In this brief review we summarize the latest results for non-trivial quantum effects in photosynthetic light harvesting, avian magnetoreception and several other candidates for functional quantum biology. We present both the evidence for and arguments against there being a functional role for quantum coherence in these systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-18
Number of pages9
JournalNature Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Lambert, N., Chen, Y. N., Cheng, Y. C., Li, C. M., Chen, G. Y., & Nori, F. (2013). Quantum biology. Nature Physics, 9(1), 10-18. https://doi.org/10.1038/nphys2474