UCLA is reporting that migrating cells prefer to turn right:
What grabbed me was this paragraph:
"A UCLA research team discovered that migrating cells prefer to turn right when encountering changes in their environment. The researchers were then able to translate what was happening in the cells to recreate this left–right asymmetry on a tissue level. Such asymmetry is important in creating differences between the right and left sides of structures like the brain and the hand."
What excited me about this was that it's yet another loose sort of corroboration of a speculation that some scientists - albeit, not very well known ones in this country - were advancing some years ago, namely, that there is a direct connection, a kind of interface or if one wishes to put it even more technically, transducer effect between living cells and the physical medium.
The scientists in question were the Russian and German physicists Dr. Nikolai Kozyrev and Burkhardt Heim. Both men speculated - and Heim elaborated - on physical theories in which (1) space-time was not a continuum, but quantized, (2) space-time had a cellular and even crystalline structure as a result(a topic elaborated in the topological work of Michel Bounias and Dr. Volodymyr Krasnoholovets), and most importantly - and particularly so in Heim's case - (3) that these cells had a "rotation moment", i.e., a kind of "inclination" - to borrow a heavily loaded word - to turn or twist in a certain direction, namely, right-handed. Kozyrev went so far as to suggest that a change in this rotation moment from left to right would result in similar changes within large organisms, with organs now displaced in opposite places in the body - livers, for example, would be on the left and not the right, and so on. One may also think of physicist Hans Reichenbach's wonderful analysis The Directivity of Time or The Direction of Time, a book which spurred and inspired Kozyrev's own thoughts about time possibly not being a scalar.
Of course all of that was speculation, and so is this, but what I find intriguing in this study is the possibility it suggests, that namely, DNA, as an aperiodic crystal, would, like all crystals, grow and respond to minute conditions in the physical field itself, and as a result, twists in a certain direction as a result of the response to that field. It's a small discovery that UCLA has made, to be sure, and of course in Twain-like fashion, I am returning wholesale dividends of speculation for a minimum investment of fact, but nonetheless, the discovery does raise these interesting possibilities, and as Michio Kaku observed, sometimes it is necessary to allow oneself to think of the possibilities. If indeed these possibilities are ever borne out with further experimentation, then a whole new world would be opening up both for physics and the biological sciences.