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(MIT Technology Review)   What keeps the DNA double helix together? The same thing that happens when you play Twister naked at a college mixer   ( divider line
    More: Cool, double helix, DNA, tornadoes, wave function, quantum entanglements, National University of Singapore, nucleotides, dumb laws  
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2013-12-09 11:46:26 AM  
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Ambivalence: I thought it was hydrogen bonds between the base pairs. Damn physicists are getting their quantum shiat into everything.

It is. They are talking about the effects from base stacking forces. No biologist has ever said quantum effects don't happen, we just didn't give a shiat. Even just saying that it is the electron stacking forces between bases above each other is hand-waving enough for most molecular biologists, and that is just going down to the level of most chemists, let alone physicists.

The problem is when physicists come in and want to claim that their description will be revolutionary. It doesn't change the fact that DNA holds together or that enzymes read and replicate DNA. Having the additional knowledge on its own is great though.
2013-12-09 10:59:27 AM  
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Hydrogen bonds. We've known this for how long?
2013-12-09 10:53:14 AM  
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The Stonecutters?
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