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The presence of structural order and partial disorder is discussed for several important biological molecules such as DNA, enzymes and proteins, as well as for cellular structures such as nerve myelin. The relationship between structural "fuzziness" and biological function is discussed
as an important aspect of biological complexity and biodynamics. The possible effects of partial disorder on the electron density of states in biological structures are predicted based on known quantum theoretical computations for lattices in solids. Important phenomena such as Anderson delocalization, Hall effect and quantum tunneling are predicted to affect biological function. Novel experiments are being proposed by pulsed lasers, pulsed/FT-NMR and optical/NIR spectroscopy to monitor the effects of structural partial disorder and "fuzziness" on biological function. Novel methods for computer analysis of paracrystalline lattices such as nerve myelin and oriented DNA fibers are also proposed based on molecular models that include partial disorder.
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structural order and partial disorder in biological systems;
paracrystaline nerve myelin computer models; paracrystalline DNA fibers and computer models of partailly disordered DNA fibers; relationship between structural "fuzziness" and biological function;electron density of states in biological structures;quantum theoretical computations for lattices in solids;Anderson delocalization, Hall effect and quantum tunneling effects on important biological functions;Novel experiments by pulsed lasers, pulsed/FT-NMR and optical/NIR spectroscopy;
monitoring the effects of structural partial disorder and "fuzziness" on biological function.
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STRUCTURAL ORDER AND PARTIAL DISORDER IN BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS:
Structural "Fuzziness" underlying All Biological Functions
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