Tuesday, August 16, 2011


In many sci-fi stories, teleportation is achieved by digitizing the human body and sending it, at lightspeed, somewhere else to be re-assembled. According to Nobel Prize winner Luc Montagnier, DNA already does this. Rousing the ire of many chemists, Montagnier is shopping a paper around for publication which essentially states that DNA emits electromagnetic signals of its own construction through which can imprint the information contained in the molecule via a bunch of quantum stuff which I'm just going to call "magic", "ghost DNA" that can be mistaken by enzymes as the real deal and replicated in another place. Essentially, it's DNA teleportation.
 If his results prove correct, they would shake up the foundations upon which modern chemistry rests. But plenty of Montagnier’s peers are far from convinced.

The full details of Montagnier’s experiments are not yet known, as his paper has not yet been accepted for publication. But he and his research partners have made a summary of his findings available. Essentially, they took two test tubes – one containing a fragment of DNA about 100 bases long, another containing pure water – and isolated them in a chamber that muted the earth’s natural electromagnetic field to keep it from muddying the results. The test tubes were housed within a copper coil emanating a weak electromagnetic field.


Montagnier and his team say this suggests DNA emits its own electromagnetic signals that imprint the DNA’s structure on other molecules (like water). Ostensibly this means DNA can project itself from one cell to the next, where copies could be made – something like quantum teleportation of genetic material, a notion that isspooky on multiple levels.

Naturally, there is plenty of skepticism to go around regarding these findings, ranging from outright dismissal to measured doubt. Indeed, it’s a pretty radical notion: DNA replicating itself through “ghost imprints” rather than the usual cellular processes.
Klaus Gerwert, an expert in how water and biomolecules interact says, "It is hard to understand how the information can be stored within water over a timescale longer than picoseconds." Felix Franks, known for helping to debunk similar findings in a 1988 paper, says "The structure would be destroyed instantly. Water has no 'memory'. You can't make an imprint in it and recover it later."

More details will emerge when the paper is published in a peer-reviewed journal, as it is likely to be. The findings will then have to be repeated in multiple independent studies to be considered valid, something that will take some time. In the meantime, expect these findings to draw equal parts intrigue and skeptical scrutiny.

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