QLW4: Quantum Biology

Quantum Biology: 

In an interview on India’s Quantum Mission : https://lnkd.in/djWammfU with Mona Basu of the Print, Dr. Akhilesh Gupta, Senior Advider in the Department of Science & Rechnology highlighted at about 10 minutes that ‘health is going to be the biggest beneficiary of this mission’.  This post is to draw attention to the significance of that statement, and to the new emerging field of ‘ Quantum Biology’. 

The Physics of living systems is far more exciting than that of dead systems as in particle Physics or Condensed matter Physics, which occupy the centre stage in Physics, perhaps in all of Science. 

Actually Schrödinger had written a book in 1944 with the title “ What is life: the physical aspect of the living cell” and that book had inspired James Watson in his pursuit of the structure of DNA. 

More recently Jim Al Khalili, a nuclear Physicist is spreading awareness about Quantum Biology. His book “ Life on the edge” is a fascinating eye opener for many of us. Here is a brief review of the book: 

Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how did it come to be? Even in an age of cloning and artificial biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we still missing a vital ingredient in its creation? Using first-hand experience at the cutting edge of science, Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe Macfadden reveal that missing ingredient to be quantum mechanics. Drawing on recent ground-breaking experiments around the world, each chapter in Life on the Edge illustrates one of life’s puzzles: How do migrating birds know where to go? How do we really smell the scent of a rose? How do our genes copy themselves with such precision? Life on the Edge accessibly reveals how quantum mechanics can answer these probing questions of the universe.

Guiding the reader through the rapidly unfolding discoveries of the last few years, Al-Khalili and McFadden describe the explosive new field of quantum biology and its potentially revolutionary applications, while offering insights into the biggest puzzle of all: what is life? As they brilliantly demonstrate in these groundbreaking pages, life exists on the quantum edge. Here is a YouTube video on Quantum Biology : https://lnkd.in/dZQbGZTn

Another very informative video of a talk at the Royal Institution : https://lnkd.in/dXX5eJyc

The main message is that just like a few years ago transistors, chips, computers, mobiles and AI changed our world in the past, the future is about Quantum Technologies transforming both Agriculture and Healthcare. 

As Louis Pasteur had said long ago “ luck favours the prepared”.

Be prepared.

The structure of this weekend course is :
Day 1: The evolution of Quantum Biology
1.1: Erwin Schrödinger on What is life? 
1.2: The relationship between Biology and Quantum Mechanics
1.3: Proton Tunnelling and DNA mutation

1.4: The roadmap of Quantum Biology 
1.5: Life on the edge 
Day 2: Applications of Quantum Biology
2.1: Photosynthesis
2.2: Bird navigation
2.3: Olfaction
2.4: Enzyme reactions
2.5: Future trends in  Quantum Biology

Enrolment and fee payment: 

  • As the course is delivered through WhatsApp, the enrolment process is simply that of sending a WhatsApp message to Prof MM Pant at +919810073724
  • The fee for the above weekend course is Rs 1000/- and can be easily remitted through PayTM to MM Pant ( mobile number : +919810073724).
  • For those who would rather pay into a Bank account, the relevant information is : 
  • Madan Mohan Pant
  • HDFC Bank, Unitech Cyber Park, Sector 39, Gurgaon 
            A/c 26451000000301
  • (The account number is 26451 followed by six zeroes followed by 301)

This course is offered during the fourth weekend of every month, starting December 2023
Further information will be provided to those who express interest by sending a WhatsApp message to Prof MM Pant at +919810073724