Summary #1068

The growth of an organism rides on a pattern of waves

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  • Close observation of starfish eggs (which are similar to many other animal eggs) shows that fertilization causes a specific pattern of spiral waves on the egg surface.
  • It is the universal wave pattern, which also occurs in quantum fluid vortices, atmospheric and oceanic circulations, and electrical signals in the heart and brain.
  • These waves move around proteins which work together to find the center of the egg, and organize cell division around the egg’s core.
  • This finding could be beneficial to quantum computing, since the protein waves distribute cell division signals, maybe waves could be used for quantum data.
  • Study authors collected 10 starfish eggs, introduced a hormone to stimulate maturation, observed through a confocal microscope.

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