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Type: Journal article
Title: Quantum biology of the retina
Author: Sia, P.
Luiten, A.
Stace, T.
Wood, J.
Casson, R.
Citation: Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 2014; 42(6):582-589
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1442-6404
1442-9071
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Paul Ikgan Sia, André N Luiten, Thomas M Stace, John PM Wood and Robert J Casson
Abstract: The emerging field of quantum biology has led to a greater understanding of biological processes at the microscopic level. There is recent evidence to suggest that non-trivial quantum features such as entanglement, tunnelling and coherence have evolved in living systems. These quantum features are particularly evident in supersensitive light-harvesting systems such as in photosynthesis and photoreceptors. A biomimetic strategy utilizing biological quantum phenomena might allow new advances in the field of quantum engineering, particularly in quantum information systems. In addition, a better understanding of quantum biological features may lead to novel medical diagnostic and therapeutic developments. In the present review, we discuss the role of quantum physics in biological systems with an emphasis on the retina.
Keywords: light signal transduction; photon; photoreceptor; quantum theory; retina
Rights: © 2014 Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
RMID: 0030008447
DOI: 10.1111/ceo.12373
Appears in Collections:Opthalmology & Visual Sciences publications

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