Bacteria Can Generate Radio Waves?

Maybe the following explains, in part, why Rife-type devices are so effective in treating Lyme disease! Perhaps the electromagnetic waves emitted from the Rife machine disrupt the radio waves the bacteria use to communicate, and send and store energy.

From: Technology Review

How Bacteria Could Generate Radio waves

The notion that bacteria can transmit radio waves is controversial. But physicists now say they know how it could be done


Can bacteria generate radio waves?

On the face of it, this seems an unlikely proposition. Natural sources of radio waves include lightning, stars and pulsars while artificial sources include radar, mobile phones and computers. This is a diverse list. So it’s hard to see what these things might have in common with bacteria that could be responsible for making radio waves.

But today, Allan Widom at Northeastern University in Boston and a few pals, say they’ve worked out how it could be done.

They point out that many types of bacterial DNA take the form of circular loops. So they’ve modeled the behavior of free electrons moving around such a small loop, pointing out that, as quantum objects, the electrons can take certain energy levels. Widom and co calculate that the transition frequencies between these energy levels correspond to radio signals broadcast at 0.5, 1 and 1.5 kilohertz. And they point out that exactly this kind of signal has been measured in E Coli bacteria.

Let’s make one thing clear: this is a controversial area of science. The measurements of bacterial radio waves were published in 2009 by Luc Montagnier, who won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 2008 for the discovery of HIV. However, Montagnier is a controversial figure and it’s fair to say that his claims are not accepted by most mainstream biologists. However, one of the criticisms of the work was that there is no known mechanism by which bacteria can generate radio waves. That criticism may now no longer hold.

That means Widom and co may be able to kickstart more work in this area. It is well known that bacterial and other types of cells use electromagnetic waves at higher frequencies to communicate as well as to send and store energy. If cells can also generate radio waves, there’s no reason to think they wouldn’t exploit this avenue too.

Electromagnetic Signals from Bacterial DNA
A. Widom, J. Swain, Y. N. Srivastava, S. Sivasubramanian
(Submitted on 15 Apr 2011)

Chemical reactions can be induced at a distance due to the propagation of electromagnetic signals during intermediate chemical stages. Although is is well known at optical frequencies, e.g. photosynthetic reactions, electromagnetic signals hold true for muck lower frequencies. In E. coli bacteria such electromagnetic signals can be generated by electric transitions between energy levels describing electrons moving around DNA loops. The electromagnetic signals between different bacteria within a community is a “wireless” version of intercellular communication found in bacterial communities connected by “nanowires”. The wireless broadcasts can in principle be of both the AM and FM variety due to the magnetic flux periodicity in electron energy spectra in bacterial DNA orbital motions.

Subjects: Biological Physics (; Soft Condensed Matter (cond-mat.soft)
Cite as: arXiv:1104.3113v1 []
Submission history
From: Allan Widom
[v1] Fri, 15 Apr 2011 17:15:55 GMT (6kb)


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