Interesting. When you tie this into other research which shows, for example, that our gut bacteria may control parts of our immune system and influence our brains it gets down right to who/what are we really and how separate an entity are we from each other? Can the bacteria on and in each of us communicate with bacteria on and in others of us?
Looking backward, can anyone name a physical phenomenon that Nature has not employed in an organism...electric eels, radar bats, sonar dolphins, magnetic or celestial navigating whales or birds, chemical warfare spewing bread molds, humans walking around with organic computers and integrated heads-up displays. The real question is are bacterial FM or AM...
There is nothing especially new about this hypothesis, except that it's now coming from
a university researcher here in the US. If you
search using keywords like "DNA biocomputer"
or "microtubules waveguides" or "biophotons"
you can read articles as interesting as these
two, both dating from many years ago. Related
to this, I found "The Rainbow and the Worm" to
be a useful book about coherence in nature.
"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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