Foundations of Physics

, Volume 45, Issue 10, pp 1362–1378 | Cite as

Quantum Information Biology: From Information Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics to Applications in Molecular Biology and Cognitive Psychology

  • Masanari Asano
  • Irina Basieva
  • Andrei KhrennikovEmail author
  • Masanori Ohya
  • Yoshiharu Tanaka
  • Ichiro Yamato


We discuss foundational issues of quantum information biology (QIB)—one of the most successful applications of the quantum formalism outside of physics. QIB provides a multi-scale model of information processing in bio-systems: from proteins and cells to cognitive and social systems. This theory has to be sharply distinguished from “traditional quantum biophysics”. The latter is about quantum bio-physical processes, e.g., in cells or brains. QIB models the dynamics of information states of bio-systems. We argue that the information interpretation of quantum mechanics (its various forms were elaborated by Zeilinger and Brukner, Fuchs and Mermin, and D’ Ariano) is the most natural interpretation of QIB. Biologically QIB is based on two principles: (a) adaptivity; (b) openness (bio-systems are fundamentally open). These principles are mathematically represented in the framework of a novel formalism— quantum adaptive dynamics which, in particular, contains the standard theory of open quantum systems.


Quantum biological information Quantum adaptive dynamics  Open quantum systems Information interpretation QBism Molecular biology Genetics Cognition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masanari Asano
    • 1
  • Irina Basieva
    • 2
  • Andrei Khrennikov
    • 2
    Email author
  • Masanori Ohya
    • 3
  • Yoshiharu Tanaka
    • 3
  • Ichiro Yamato
    • 4
  1. 1.Liberal Arts DivisionTokuyama College of TechnologyShunanJapan
  2. 2.International Center for Mathematical Modeling in Physics and Cognitive ScienceLinnaeus UniversityVäxjöSweden
  3. 3.Department of Information SciencesTokyo University of ScienceTokyoJapan
  4. 4.Department of Biological Science and TechnologyTokyo University of ScienceTokyoJapan

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