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The Future of Quantum Biology

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- Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Biology

Quantum mechanics is the fundamental theory that describes the properties of subatomic particles, atoms, molecules, molecular assemblies and beyond. Quantum mechanics operates on the nano and sub-nanometer scales and underlies fundamental life processes such as photosynthesis, respiration and vision. 

In quantum mechanics, all objects have wave-like properties, and when they interact, quantum coherence describes the correlation between the physical quantities that describe these objects, due to this wave-like property. 

Biological systems are dynamic, constantly exchanging energy and matter with the environment to maintain the non-equilibrium state synonymous with life. The development of observational techniques has allowed us to study biodynamics on an increasingly smaller scale. These studies reveal evidence for quantum mechanical effects in a range of biological processes that classical physics cannot explain. 

Quantum biology is the study of such processes, and here we provide an overview of the current state of the field, as well as insights into future directions.


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