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Electromagnetic Basis of Metabolism and Heredity (ARC00XX167)
Principal Investigator
Research Area:
Cell and molecular biology
Species Studied
Scientific Name: Species: Cells

We propose to investigate how the Earth's natural electromagnetic field in the ultralow to extremely low frequency (ULF/ELF) range interacts with crucial reaction steps in biochemical processes that have time constants in the ULF/ELF frequency range. We propose to address the temporal coordination of fundamental biochemical reactions in living cells, which are maintained by the sequential transfer of electrons in reduction-oxidation reactions. This redox cycle (also called the metabolic cycle) is known to control all cellular responses to environmental factors, including those caused by spaceflight-induced stress. In fact, the redox cycle is the fundamental biochemical process that controls the timing of all biochemical reactions in living cells, including energy production, RNA transcription, and DNA replication. Through this temporal coordination chemical conflict between the reductive and oxidative reactions is avoided. At the same time the coherent or interfering transfer of energy is enabled between the ambient natural electromagnetic (EM) field and living cells. We will study how the EM field controls the timing of the biochemical redox cycle and thereby controls heredity. Our main tool to carry out this work will be an enclosure (chamber) with an electronic circuit enabling in real-time, through a dynamic feedback loop, active attenuation, or cancelation or modulation of the ambient EM field.

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Freund, F.; Stolc, V. Nature of Pre-Earthquake Phenomena and their Effects on Living Organisms. Animals 2013, 3, 513-531. [DOI]

Alabdulgader, A., McCraty, R., Atkinson, M., Dobyns, Y., Vainoras, A., Ragulskis, M., & Stolc, V. (2018). Long-Term Study of Heart Rate Variability Responses to Changes in the Solar and Geomagnetic Environment. Scientific Reports, 8, 2663. [DOI]

Data Information
Data Availability
Archive is complete. No data sets are available for this experiment. Please Contact LSDA if you know of available data for this investigation.

Mission/Study Information
Mission Launch/Start Date Landing/End Date Duration
Ground 05/01/2009 In Progress

Additional Information
Managing NASA Center
Ames Research Center (ARC)
Responsible NASA Representative
Ames Research Center LSDA Level 3
Project Manager: Helen Stewart
Institutional Support
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Proposal Date
Proposal Source
2012 Space Biology NNH12Z