Taking a Look at DNA Supercoiling

684 Words Jan 26th, 2018 3 Pages
In general, most organisms’ DNA is negatively supercoiled. There are two types of supercoiling: positive and negative. Positive supercoiling means that the DNA strands are twisted in the right direction; whereas negative supercoiling means that the DNA strands are twisted in the left direction. The laws of Physics govern everything that happens in the world, including DNA coiling in living beings. Some of the concepts in Physics that are involved in DNA coiling are quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics.
Quantum physics is a branch of physics that explores certain units of energy, which are called quanta. These units of energy are described by the Quantum Theory. The dictionary definition of the Quantum Theory is: “Any theory predating quantum mechanics that encompassed Planck’s radiation formula and a scheme for obtaining discrete energy states for atoms, as Bohr theory.” This definition means that Quantum Theory deals with Planck’s radiation formula, Bohr theory and indivisible units of energy. A great deal of research has been conducted in the field of quantum mechanics and its connection with DNA supercoiling. Some Physicists have formed a theory, which states that quantum entanglement holds DNA molecules together and prevents the DNA from falling apart. Quantum entanglement is the relationship between any objects that deal with quantum mechanics. A Physicist named Elisabeth Rieper, from the…

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