Thinking outside the green box

John F. Allen

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS
U.K.

Sunlight is power. Specifically, up to one kW for each square meter of the Earth's surface. Decent, self-reliant living things tap into this source of power by means of photosynthesis. The rest of us tap into them. Sunlight changes all the time, in quality and quantity. We learn something about our planet and ourselves in learning how living things adapt to these changes, using electrons as signals to fine-tune proteins and switch on genes. We also learn about all life, how it combines the flux of power conversion with the stasis of inheritance – a lesson close to home.

Allen, J. F. (2008) Thinking outside the green box. Inaugural Lecture, Queen Mary, University of London, Feb 7 2008.  Online

Note: This is a lecture requiring modest laboratory facilities for preparation, and equipment, which can be shipped in advance, for demonstrations.


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