Genetic mutation quenches quantum quirk in algae

By Ashley Yeager, 13:38 PM June 16, 2014

The quirks of the quantum world usually reveal themselves in the precisely controlled conditions of a physics lab. But hints of their effects have been found in everything from bacteria to birds, leaving scientists scratching their heads about whether quantum phenomena play more than a trivial role in the natural world.

Scientists have now found that a genetic mutation in cryptophyte algae quenches a quantum effect thought to help the algae harvest light more efficiently. The effect, called qu...

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