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Biology finds its own uses for physics

Quantum explanation for muscle contraction
Tieyan Si at the Max Planck Institute for Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany, has created a quantum model of muscle behaviour. His idea is that myosin, the molecular motor responsible for muscle contraction, is essentially a quantum object and that its behaviour is best described by quantum mechanics.

Does this kind of thing imply that you can't predict good simulations of human brains by comparing the number of neurons to Moore's Law? There are a lot of quanta, but (afaik) they're simple and statistically predictable. If brains are using quantum effects, how much is this likely to add to the amount of computing needed?

Yet another link thanks to Geek Press.
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