THE JACQUES BENVENISTE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION

IX INTERNATIONAL CRIMEAN CONFERENCE “COSMOS AND BIOSPHERE” IS SUPPORTED BY THE JACQUES BENVENISTE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION

(“ASSOCIATION JACQUES BENVENISTE POUR LA RESEARCHE”)



Jacques Benveniste (1935-2004) is a renowned French researcher and an author of over 300 scientific articles on medicine and molecular biology. To his strong international reputation fate added world-wide notoriety: in 1988 journal Nature published his article entitled “Human basophil degranulation triggered by very dilute antiserum against IgE”. The article suggested that a water solution of an antibody could affect cells even when the solution was diluted to such an extent that there was no acting antibody. It is as if the water “remembered” what it had been before the solution was over-diluted. The most popular French newspaper Le Monde declared that J. Benvenist “has shaken basic concepts of physics”. The researcher has steadfastly withstood the psychological stress of that difficult episode of his biography.

Now we know that the same “basic concepts of physics” remain untouched. But a concept of “biological effect of microdoses of various chemical and physical factors” emerged (see, as a review, E.B. Burlakova et al., “Superweak effects of chemical compounds and physical factors on biological systems”, Biofizika, vol. 49, no. 3, pp. 552-564 (2004)). The honor of pioneering this new and important field of research is shared with J. Benveniste by such scientists as G. Piccardi, С. Capel-Boute, S.E. Shnoll.

It is widely known that substantial discoveries are always made simultaneously by several researchers. When J. Benveniste was surprised by the degranulation that seemed to have occurred for no reason, scientists at the Moscow Institute of Biochemical Physics were trying to understand why an anti-oxidant reached its maximal activity when it was “superdiluted” to 10-15 M. (E.B. Burlakova et al., Biofizika, vol. 31, no. 5, p. 921 (1986)). Almost at the same time, scientists at the Taurida V.I. Vernadsky University built an experimental spectrum of activity of variable 5nT magnetic field, whereas it had been “well known” that super-weak field “cannot” have any biologic activity (N.A. Temuryants, V.B. Makeev, Problems of Cosmic Biology, vol. 43, pp. 116-128 (1982)).

At the present time, many researchers share a conviction that cosmic weather affects many biospheric processes because animals are sensitive to various ultra-weak electromagnetic, acoustic, ionizing stimuli. If Mr. Benveniste were alive today, he certainly would have been glad to see the support – direct or indirect – for his remarkable discovery of degranulation. It is possible that he would have been very interested in the data that show ultra-weak interaction in the physico-chemical (non-biological) systems (review: B.M. Vladimirskiy, A.V. Bruns “Cosmic weather, physico-chemical systems and technosphere” in Geological Processes and Biosphere, vol. 9, no.1, pp.34-62 (2010); english translation in Atmospheric and Ocean Physics, vol. 46, no.8, pp.935-951 (2010)).

Organizers and participants of regular scientific conferences “Cosmos and Biosphere” appreciate the support of the Jacques Benveniste Research Association.