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Henry Tobin tobin at cshl.org
Fri Sep 16 13:47:31 EST 1994


In article <35an9u$e05 at portal.gmu.edu>, herwin at mason1.gmu.edu (HARRY R.
ERWIN) wrote:

> Recently, there has been some interest in Froehlich's and Hameroff's
> speculations on small-scale dynamic phenomena as having a role in neuronal
> functioning. Professor Harold Morowitz indicates he has done some
> experiments where he desiccated tardigrades, froze them to 2 degrees
> Kelvin, and then revived them. They functioned normally. Tardigrades have
> relatively sophisticated nervous systems. He had investigated training
> them so he could see whether the training survived the experiment, but
> that turned out to be too difficult to do. The point he makes is that
> basic processes of life are structural and highly robust, since they
> survive complete elimination of their dynamics and then start back up with
> the application of thermal (noisy) energy. It may be possible to modify
> Morowitz's experiment to test Froehlich's (coherent vibration of polar
> molecules) and Hameroff's (tubulin conformation) models for neuronal
> functioning. 
> 
> Comments?
> 
> --
> Harry Erwin
> Internet: herwin at gmu.edu 
> Just a dumb graduate student working on Katchalsky network models....
> (And if you believe that, I have a ranch in California to sell you.)


Any references for the work discussed above?



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