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Quantum biology: Does life depend on quantum mechanics?

In the second of Jim Al-Khalili's curated events, two scientists go head to head to debate the merits of quantum biology

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Event description

Quantum mechanics is still a controversial and, to some, counter-intuitive theory and does not have widespread acceptance even within the scientific community. And yet, more and more research is going into how this theory may be applied to the biological world.

In the second of three guest-curated events by Jim Al-Khalili, Johnjoe McFadden and Hans Westerhoff will debate the merits of quantum biology and whether it has any significance to our world.

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About the speakers

Johnjoe McFadden is professor of molecular genetics at the University of Surrey and science author, co-writing The coming of age of Quantum Biology with Jim Al Khalili.

Hans Westerhoff is a Dutch biologist and biochemist, professor of systems biology at the University of Manchester and Director of Manchester Centre for Integrative Systems Biology (MCISB).

More on quantum biology

This is the second of a three-part series curated by Jim Al-Khalili. The others are:

Wednesday 28 January Quantum biology:An introduction (filmed and now available to watch on the Ri Channel)

Tuesday 17 March: Quantum biology: A revolution in science