Bioinorganic Life and Neural Activity: Toward a Chemistry of Consciousness?
- Author(s): Chang, Christopher J
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1021/acs.accounts.6b00531
Identifying what elements are required for neural activity as potential path toward consciousness, which represents life with the state or quality of awareness, is a "Holy Grail" of chemistry. As life itself arises from coordinated interactions between elements across the periodic table, the majority of which are metals, new approaches for analysis, binding, and control of these primary chemical entities can help enrich our understanding of inorganic chemistry in living systems in a context that is both universal and personal.