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FASEB J. 2006 Jan;20(1):23-8.

Can specific biological signals be digitized?

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Samueli Institute for Information Biology, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314, USA. wjonas@siib.org

Abstract

At the request of the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, we attempted to replicate the data of Professor Jacques Benveniste that digital signals recorded on a computer disc produce specific biological effects. The hypothesis was that a digitized thrombin inhibitor signal would inhibit the fibrinogen-thrombin coagulation pathway. Because of the controversies associated with previous research of Prof. Benveniste, we developed a system for the management of social controversy in science that incorporated an expert in social communication and conflict management. The social management approach was an adaptation of interactional communication theory, for management of areas that interfere with the conduct of good science. This process allowed us to successfully complete a coordinated effort by a multidisciplinary team, including Prof. Benveniste, a hematologist, engineer, skeptic, statistician, neuroscientist and conflict management expert. Our team found no replicable effects from digital signals.

PMID:
16394263
DOI:
10.1096/fj.05-3815hyp
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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