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Comment on Book Review of `Quantum Evolution' (Johnjoe McFadden) by Mathew J. Donald

@article{McFadden2001CommentOB,
  title={Comment on Book Review of `Quantum Evolution' (Johnjoe McFadden) by Mathew J. Donald},
  author={Johnjoe McFadden and J. S. Al-Khalili},
  journal={arXiv: Quantum Physics},
  year={2001}
}
This paper is a response to the critical review by Mathew J. Donald of the popular science book 'Quantum Evolution' by Johnjoe McFadden and our earlier paper (by Johnjoe McFadden and Jim Al-Khalili), in which we propose a quantum mechanical explanation for certain types of mutation. We here address Donald's criticisms and reassert our proposal. 
On Two Quantum Approaches to Adaptive Mutations in Bacteria
TLDR
It is argued that the ‘fluctuation trapping model’ can be considered as a QMAM only if it employs a correlation between the R- and D-errors, and it is shown that the model of McFadden & Al-Khalili (1999) cannot qualify as aQMAM, as it corresponds to the 'D-error only' model.

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