According to a study published in the journal Cell, scientists have confirmed that physics is the driving force behind biology at the atomic scale. In the study, the scientists simulated each atom of the light-collecting structure of photosynthesis bacteria that generate energy for the organism, and the researchers reported that the simulated organoblasts behaved similarly to those in natural cells.
This work is an important step in understanding how biological structures convert sunlight into chemical energy, a biological innovation critical to life.
The researchers say the study confirms that physics is the driving force behind biology at the atomic scale. They say the work will provide a reference for further research into other microorganisms and more complex energy-producing organelles in plants and animals. It will help scientists answer the permanent question of how to efficiently extract energy from the environment without poisoning.