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|Title:||Quantum biology of the retina|
|Citation:||Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 2014; 42(6):582-589|
|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|
|Appears in Collections:||Opthalmology & Visual Sciences publications|
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