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Med Hypotheses. 2014 Nov;83(5):549-51. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2014.08.028. Epub 2014 Sep 6.

Is magnetite a universal memory molecule?

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Norwegian Institute of Public Health, 0403 Oslo, Norway. Electronic address:


Human stem cells possess memory, and consequently all living human cells must have a memory system. How memory is stored in cells and organisms is an open question. Magnetite is perhaps the best candidate to be a universal memory molecule. Magnetite may give us a clue, because it is the Earth's most distributed and important magnetic material. It is found in living organisms with no known functions except for involvement in navigation in some organisms. In humans magnetite is found in the brain, heart, liver and spleen. Humans suffer from memory dysfunctions in many cases when iron is out of balance. Anomalous concentrations of magnetite is known to be associated with a neurodegenerative disorder like Alzheimer's disease. Due to the rapid speed and accuracy of our brain, memory and its functions must be governed by quantum mechanics.

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