On the 31st of March, our activity committee organized a symposium on quantum biology. Three experts in the field were invited to shed some light on this fascinating topic. The first expert of the evening, Max Winokan, explained how quantumbiology is involved with single point mutations that arise in the DNA. He elaborated on how the specific position of the electrons in a GC basepair influence the basepairing when denatured by helicase. When the helicase splits the DNA strands with the electron in an altered position it allows a T to be implemented instead of a C. The second expert was prof. Henrik Mouritsen, his lecture was on how birds can navigate the globe extremely accurately using quantumbiology. Birds utilize a special region in their brain where molecules are at a fragile equilibrium that can be influenced by the Earth’s magnetic field. This allows the birds to accurately navigate through earth’s magnetic field. The last speaker was dr. Pavel Malý. He talked about quantumbiology’s role in photosynthesis, especially about light harvesting in disordered systems.
The symposium was a great success, with about 40 students attending the symposium. Many of these were from Biomedical Sciences, but there was also great interest from students of the UU Beta Honours Programme. It was a very enjoyable symposium with diverse, interesting topics and excellent speakers!
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