Useful Publications


For introductory information on quantum biology, please click here


Quantum biology books, reports and articles

For a good introduction to the origins of quantum biology see the excellent review by Johnjoe McFadden and Jim Al-Khalili (2018), which is freely available here and the short review published in The Scientist (2019) ‘Quantum biology may help to solve some of life’s greatest mysteries’ (link).

Jim Al-Khalili presents an overview of quantum biology in his talk available here and gives another interesting talk (Quantum) Life? at The Royal Society here.

For more in-depth reading, ‘Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology’ (Al-Khalili and McFadden 2014) book is available here: (link)

The following report by the European Science Foundation (2015) ‘A Foresight Activity on Research in Quantum Biology (FarQBio) (link) is suitable for a non-physicist readership. Also the article ‘Vibrations, quanta and biology’ by Huelga SF and Plenio MB (2013) (link) .

For introductory but highly informative books on quantum physics, we recommend ‘Quantum Mechanics’ (A Ladybird Expert Book) by Jim Al-Khalili , (link) ‘How to teach quantum physics to your dog’ by Chad Orzel (link) and ‘30-second quantum theory’, edited by Brian Clegg (Ball et al. 2014) (link).

The free text book: “Motion mountain – adventures in physics, volume IV, the quantum of change”, by Christoph Schiller is a good in-depth reference on quantum mechanics.

For further reading, see the publications below, or visit the bibliography of papers referred to throughout the website.


Proceedings of The Guy Foundation meetings


2021 Spring Series Proceedings – June 2021
From Big Questions to Small Details: The Macro-Microscopic Divide

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2020 Autumn Series Proceedings? – January 2021
Does biology utilise the environment to amplify quantum effects?

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2019 Autumn Colloquium Proceedings – June 2020
What biophotonics can tell us about the bioquantome

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Publications by The Guy Foundation scientific team

Mould RR, Botchway SW, Parkinson JRC, Thomas EL, Guy GW, Bell JD and Nunn AVW (2021) Cannabidiol Modulates Mitochondrial Redox and Dynamics in MCF7 Cancer Cells: A Study Using Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy of NAD(P)H. Front. Mol. Biosci. 8:630107. (link)

Nunn AVW, Guy GW, Botchway SW, Bell JD. From sunscreens to medicines: Can a dissipation hypothesis explain the beneficial aspects of many plant
compounds? Phytother Res. 2020;34(8):1868–88. (link)

Nunn AVW, Guy GW, Brysch W, Botchway SW, Frasch W, Calabrese EJ, Bell JD. SARS-CoV-2 and mitochondrial health: implications of lifestyle and ageing. Immunity & Ageing (2020) 17:33 (link)

Nunn AV, Guy G and Bell JD. The hormesis of thinking: a deeper quantum thermodynamic perspective. Int J Neurorehab, 2017 Jun; 4 (3). (link)

Nunn A, Guy G and Bell JD. The Quantum Mitochondrion and Optimal Health. Biochemical Society Transactions,  2016 Aug 15; 44 (4):1101-1110. (link)

Nunn AVW, Guy GW and Bell, JD: Hormesis and cognitive function; an evolutionary/adaptive arabesque leading to longevity. Diet and Exercise in Cognitive Function and Neurological Diseases. Edited by Tahira Farooqui and Akhlaq A. Farooqui. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Spring 2015. (link)

Nunn AV, Guy GW, and Bell JD. The intelligence paradox; will ET get the metabolic syndrome? Lessons from and for Earth. Nut Metab (Lond.) 2014 Jul 29; 11: 34. (link)

Nunn AV, Guy GW, and Bell JD. Endocannabinoids in neuroendopsychology; multiphasic control of mitochondrial function. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2012 Dec 5;367(1607):3342-52. (link)

Nunn AV, Guy GW, Brodie JS and Bell JD. Inflammatory modulation of exercise salience: using hormesis to return to a healthy lifestyle. Nutr Metab (Lond.) 2010 Dec 9; 7: 87. (link)

Guy GW*, Nunn AV*, Thomas LE and Bell JD. Obesity, diabetes and longevity in the Gulf; is there a Gulf metabolic syndrome? International Journal of Diabetes 2009; 1: 43-54.  *Equal first co-authors. (link)

Nunn AV, Guy GW, Bell JD. Endocannabinoids, FOXO and the metabolic syndrome: Redox, function and tipping point - The view from two systems. Immunobiology 2009, May 18. Epub. (link)

Nunn AV, Bell JD, Guy GW. Lifestyle-induced metabolic inflexibility and accelerated ageing syndrome: insulin resistance, friend or foe? Nutr Metab (Lond.) 2009; Apr 16;6:16. (link)