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#90 Preventing The Next Pandemic (Part 2 of 2) Quantum Biology & Bacteria with Professor Johnjoe McFadden

24 Feb 2021

Professor Johnjoe McFadden is on the show today, he is Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Surrey. His principle field of research is in molecular genetics, particularly of microbes that cause infectious diseases and particularly antimicrobial resistance. Initially he did his PhD at Imperial College London and went on to work on human genetic diseases.

As well as studying infectious disease he has also been an advocate for Quantum Biology for nearly twenty years.

In 2014, he, with the physicist, Jim Al-Khalili wrote ‘Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology’, describing recent exciting discoveries of quantum mechanisms in photosynthesis, bird navigation, enzymes and maybe even consciousness.

Today we talk about:

  • What causes resistant bacteria
  • The ‘scary twin’ phenomenon
  • What we can learn from multidrug resistant TB (MDRTB)
  • Issues with the current use of antimicrobials and how we can reduce the burden
  • How quantum biology relates to human consciousness

 

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GUEST: Professor Johnjoe McFadden

Johnjoe McFadden is Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Surrey.  His principle field of research in molecular genetics, particularly of microbes that cause infectious diseases and particularly antimicrobial resistance. He has also been an advocate for Quantum Biology for nearly twenty years. He published a theoretical paper with Jim Al-Khalili in 1999 on the role of quantum mechanics in mutation and followed that up with a popular science book, ‘Quantum Evolution’ published in 2000 (published by HarperCollins in the UK and by WW Norton in the USA) exploring the role of quantum mechanics in biology. In 2014, he, with the physicist, Jim Al-Khalili wrote ‘Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology’, describing recent exciting discoveries of quantum mechanisms in photosynthesis, bird navigation, enzymes and maybe even consciousness. He has also written several papers exploring the role of the brain’s endogenous electromagnetic fields in consciousness. As well as his mainstream science research, McFadden writes popular science articles for newspapers such as the Guardian in the UK and internationally on subjects ranging from GM crops to the evolution of altruism. He is also Director of the recently- formed Leverhulme Quantum Biology Doctoral Training Centre. He is currently writing a book on the role of Ockham’s Razor in science.   Book: https://johnjoemcfadden.co.uk/books/life-on-the-edge/   Here’s the site for the Quantum Biology Doctoral Training Centre:      

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