A Rose Swallowing Experiment Demonstrates How to Solve the Mystery of Life and Death
In many cultures, life and death are seen as opposites. The very act of living is an ongoing process by which a living organism tries to maintain homeostasis (balance) with the surrounding environment. When death occurs, the organism ceases to exist and natural balance is restored. For thousands of years philosophers have debated the meaning of life: Is it a transient phenomenon, or an eternal one? And is there a connection between living and dying? The world’s first rose-swallowing volunteer in the final stages of cancer provides an answer to these questions.
An experiment introducing a rose into the human body is conducted to demonstrate how the phenomenon of life and death occurs through the balance of yin and yang.
The Process of Life and Death: Yin-Yang Balance
As shown in the figure above, matter is made up of a number of elements. The earth consists mainly of oxygen, silicon, iron, aluminum, calcium and magnesium. Other elements are scattered in smaller quantities throughout the earth’s crust (e.g., gold, silver). Life forms on earth are made of many different combinations of the elements.
How Does the Brain Recognize Biomolecules?
The brain’s ability to recognize biomolecules is related to the fact that they often occur in much larger assemblies than they do in nature. In this way, the brain is a pattern recognition machine. Furthermore, the phenomenon of resonance energy transfer makes it possible for biomolecules (including those produced artificially) to fluoresce at one frequency and to emit a second, unique frequency. Thus the brain can recognize a molecule based on its fluorescence.
The brain also analyses the mass of a molecule based on its size. This is what neuroscientists call “Molecular Weight” or “Daltons” (for comparison, water is 0.002 Daltons). The brain can also recognize molecules based on their spatial location in space. This is the case when a molecule is sensed by special receptors that are sensitive to its electromagnetic field. This method of analyzing spatial orientation has been called “Spatial Recognition” or “Spatial Frequency”. Artificial molecules can be designed to emit a frequency that the brain recognizes as a spatial orientation.
Could You Detect DNA in Someone’s Breath?
The ability to detect DNA in someone’s breath has been demonstrated in a laboratory experiment. The DNA is concentrated so that it stains the saliva. The saliva is collected in a test tube and spun in a centrifuge to separate out the lighter DNA fragments. The lightest fragments – containing several hundred molecules of DNA – are then mixed with alcohol and applied to a filter paper. Alcohol evaporates, leaving the DNA and any proteins it may have attached to. The filter paper is then placed in a spectrometer (a machine that analyses light) and the DNA is detected. The technique relies on the fact that DNA has a particular colour.
This experiment is only useful for detecting recent events, such as a bite to the mouth. It is not possible to detect DNA from a body in a grave, since the DNA in dead cells has degraded. Likewise, it’s not possible to detect DNA from hairs left on clothes of murder victims.
It is likely that this technique could be used by forensic investigators in the future.
Title: Could You Detect DNA in Someone’s Breath?
Author: Bob Holmes, Science Focus Magazine, Issue 471. Click here to access the original article.