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[Wired]Bacteria on the Radio: DNA Could Act as Antenna

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Theoretical physicists have proposed an explanation for how bacteria might transmit electromagnetic signals: Chromosomes could act like antennae, with electrons traveling gene circuits to produce species-specific wavelengths.

It’s just a hypothesis, and the notion that bacteria can generate radio waves is controversial. But according to Northeastern University physicist Allan Widom, calculations based on the properties of DNA and electrons square with what’s been measured.
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...were followed by even-more-radical descriptions of signals causing loose pieces of DNA to assemble into bacterialike structures.
Reporters usually get science news wrong but, if true the signifigance of the above statement can not be overstated.
Edited by Backwoods166 - 4/26/11 at 6:00am
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What is the significance of this? I'm not much of a molecular biologist.
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Well I would imagine this could be the very basis behind the idea of telepathy. The idea that things can communicate sending and receiving messages, just on a much much smaller scale.
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So will this mean DNA computers with built in wireless in the future?
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Most of the DJs in Philly are about as entertaining as bacteria. I thought that was what the article was about at first. I just read it and it seems pretty far-fetched to me.
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What is the significance of this? I'm not much of a molecular biologist.
Potentially it means that once you have the building blocks at a location, you can build life remotely. Say, shoot a rocket of spare DNA parts to mars, hit it with the proper radio frequency, start life on mars. Or, shoot a rocket at earth...

Furthermore, if DNA bits get tossed into open space, which is not hard to imagine, they could potentially be reorganized into bacteria on their own under the right conditions.
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So we can become radios? That might be cool, as long as it doesn't kill us. Also, let's hope this bacteria doesn't carry disease.
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if we do turn into radios i don't want to be anything like bbc radio 1
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So we can become radios? That might be cool, as long as it doesn't kill us. Also, let's hope this bacteria doesn't carry disease.
Great people can spam our brains with radio ads. Dying is the least of my worries. Who wants to be stuck listening to radio ads against their will?
    
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HELL YEAH ITS POSSIBLE: GET A ROOM OF WOMEN TOGETHER LIEK A SORORITY AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY SYNCHRONISE THIER TIME OF THE MONTH!!
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