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Why nature is the ultimate quantum engineer

Historically, researchers believed that quantum properties disappear at the scale of biology, but there is increasing evidence that this isn't the full story, says physicist Clarice Aiello

By Clarice Aiello

8 September 2023

Nature is a quantum engineer

Nature is a quantum engineer

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For years I underestimated nature. As a quantum physicist, my interests simply didn’t extend to the biological. I was fascinated by particles and forces, not cells and organisms. Then one day that all changed, when I realised …

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