Monday, 17 January 2011

Magical DNA Trick

Would anybody like to have a stab at what this experiment seems to be showing?

Apparently, a DNA fragment managed to duplicate itself across thin air into a vial of water.
This is not, as the article is careful to note, true teleportation as we've been practising it on Cesium and Rubidium atoms up to now, as the original fragment doesn't disappear and reappear in another place - although it does, strangely, have to be diluted several times (homeopathy, anyone?).

I admit that I lack the background to fully understand this right now. So -anybody out there got a better handle on it than I have? It seems to be simultaneously quite marvelous and very, very frightening.