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New insights into the physical processes that underpin cell division and the emergence of different cellular and multicellular structures.

  • Turner, Philip1
  • Nottale, Laurent2
  • Zhao, John3
  • Pesquet, Edouard4
  • 1 69 Hercules Road, Sherford, Plymouth, Devon, PL9 8FA, United Kingdom. Electronic address: [email protected] , (United Kingdom)
  • 2 CNRS, LUTH, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, 5 Place Janssen, 92190, Meudon, France. Electronic address: [email protected] , (France)
  • 3 Department of Chemistry, Durham University, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE, United Kingdom. Electronic address: [email protected] , (United Kingdom)
  • 4 Stockholm University, Dept of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences, Stockholm, 106 91, Sweden. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Sweden)
Published Article
Progress in biophysics and molecular biology
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2020
DOI: 10.1016/j.pbiomolbio.2019.04.006
PMID: 31029570


Despite decades of focused research, a detailed understanding of the fundamental physical processes that underpin biological systems (structures and processes) remains an open challenge. Within the present paper we report on biomimetic studies, which offer new insights into the process of cell division and the emergence of different cellular and multicellular structures. Experimental studies specifically investigated the impact of including different concentrations of charged bio-molecules (cytokinin and gibberellic acid) on the growth of BaCO3-SiO2 based structures. Results highlighted the role of charge density on the emergence of long-range order, underpinned by a negentropic process. This included the growth of synthetic cell-like structures, with the intrinsic capacity to divide and change morphology at cellular and multicellular scales. Detailed study of dividing structures supports a hypothesis that cell division is dependent on the establishment of a charge-induced macroscopic quantum potential and cell-scale quantum coherence, which allows a description in terms of a macroscopic Schrödinger-like equation, based on a constant different from the Planck constant. Whilst the system does not reflect full correspondence with standard quantum mechanics, many of the phenomena that we typically associate with such a system are recovered. In addition to phenomena normally associated with the Schrödinger equation, we also unexpectedly report on the emergence of intrinsic spin as a macroscopic quantum phenomena, whose origins we account for within a four-dimensional fractal space-time and a macroscopic Pauli equation, which represents the non-relativistic limit of the Dirac equation. Copyright © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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