In the timeless classic, "Forbidden Planet," the brilliant scientist Morbius reveals a stunning secret to the senior officers of a ship that's arrived to recue him—the technological wonders built by an extinct race of advanced alien beings: "Prepare your minds for a new scale of scientific values, gentlemen."
That same advice might be given by a Nobel laureate who's reporting that DNA can be generated from its teleported "quantum imprint." ["DNA waves and water"]
Luc Montagnier was named the 2008 co-recipient of the Nobel prize for Medicine. He discovered that HIV causes AIDS. Now he claims solid evidence exists that DNA transmits electromagnetic imprints of itself into distant cells and fluids.
A whirlwind of skepticism has greeted his assertion. The primary motivation for the negative response is quite simple: if Montagnier's experimental evidence is valid it would uproot the foundations of several fields of science.
Jeff Reimers, a theoretical chemist with the University of Sydney in Australia observed, "If the results are correct, these would be the most significant experiments performed in the past 90 years, demanding re-evaluation of the whole conceptual framework of modern chemistry."
Actually, Reimers is understating the importance. If Montagnier's results are valid, his experiments would prove to be the most significant ever done in both chemistry and biology, perhaps physics as well.
The reason? Montagnier's experimental data also suggests that enzymes can mistake those quantum imprints for real DNA and then manufacture the real thing establishing a "quantum teleportation" of the DNA's actual information.
New Scientist published the results of the experiments and what they imply. The publication was swamped with outright disbelief and dismissal of the evidence.
The science publication reports that they were contacted by a "Gary Schuster, who studies DNA conductance effects at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. [Schuster] compared it [the experiments] to 'pathological science' while a Jacqueline Barton, who does similar work at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, was equally skeptical: 'There aren't a lot of data given, and I don't buy the explanation,'" she told New Science.
The description of the experiment itself is incomplete. New Science begs off with the explanation that "Full details of the experiments are not yet available."
Yet what is available is, frankly, fascinating stuff.
According to New Scientist "Two adjacent but physically separate test tubes were placed within a copper coil and subjected to a very weak, extremely low frequency electromagnetic field of 7 hertz. The apparatus was isolated from Earth's natural magnetic field to stop it interfering with the experiment. One tube contained a fragment of DNA around 100 bases long; the second tube contained pure water.
"After 16 to 18 hours, both samples were independently subjected to the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a method routinely used to amplify traces of DNA by using enzymes to make many copies of the original material. The gene fragment was apparently recovered from both tubes, even though one should have contained just water. [The] DNA was only recovered if the original solution of DNA—whose concentration has not been revealed—had been subjected to several dilution cycles before being placed in the magnetic field. In each cycle it was diluted 10-fold, and "ghost" DNA was only recovered after between seven and 12 dilutions of the original. It was not found at the ultra-high dilutions used in homeopathy."
The "ghost" DNA referred to is actual DNA information passing through the quanta and unfettered by space and time.
Montagnier's team included physicists. They suggest that what transpires is DNA naturally emits low-frequency electromagnetic waves. Those waves imprint the structure of the molecule—its information—onto the water. That information is preserved, codified and amplified, or so they claim. They call the process "quantum coherence effects"—a process that creates a facsimile so perfect it fools enzymes into mistaking it for the actual DNA that sent the information.
Quantum effects in human DNA? To see if this might really be possible, New Science sought out Greg Scholes of the University of Toronto in Canada. Scholes caused a stir during 2010 when he discovered that quantum effects occur in plants.
"The biological experiments do seem intriguing, and I wouldn't dismiss them," Scholes said.
Despite Scholes' viewpoint, Felix Franks disagrees. "The structure would be destroyed instantly," he insists.
Franks, a retired chemist, studied the properties of water for years. He also participated as peer reviewer and debunked a very controversial 1988 study that claimed water had memory. "Water has no memory. You can't make an imprint in it and recover it later."
Despite Franks position, the results of the experiment should not be lightly dismissed. "The experimental methods used appear comprehensive," Reimers admits.
Others concur with Reimers and Scholes. The consensus amongst researchers that if the results are valid the discovery is too important to ignore. It demands further investigation.
One of Montagnier's fellow experimenters, theoretical physicist Giuseppe Vitiello of the University of Salerno in Italy, assures everyone that the data is reliable and the conclusion sound. "I would exclude that it's contamination," he adds. "It's very important that other groups repeat it."
A clue to 2011's stunning experiments revealed itself during experiments that Montagnier conducted during 2010. His published paper, "Interdisciplinary Sciences: Computational Life Sciences" details his discovery of "the apparent ability of DNA fragments and entire bacteria both to produce weak electromagnetic fields and to 'regenerate' themselves in previously uninfected cells. Montagnier strained a solution of the bacterium Mycoplasma pirum through a filter with pores small enough to prevent the bacteria penetrating. The filtered water emitted the same frequency of electromagnetic signal as the bacteria themselves. He says he has evidence that many species of bacteria and many viruses give out the electromagnetic signals, as do some diseased human cells."
Over the past several years researchers have discovered evidence that the human mind might be "entangled" with the quantum. Scholes has shown plants too interact with it. Would it therefore be that surprising to discover that DNA also interacts with quantum reality? Not at all.
The only "surprise" would be to all the scientists that find themselves having to roll up their sleeves and revise existing science to meet the new facts. But then, isn't that the whole purpose of the scientific method anyway?