BY WARREN HALE
Last month, Turbine Flats proudly hosted two distinguished guests who discussed the notable parallels of chromosomes and the Tesla coil. The presentation was noteworthy – not just because Nikola Tesla is the hallmark of our locale – but also because the lead lecturer stressed interdisciplinary harmony to better advance science and business.
Ivan Kanev Stoyanov, Ph.D., a cytogenetic technologist for the Monroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, addressed a packed and steadily overflowing room of about 25 guests at the Turbine Flats on 2124 Y Street. Kanev and his colleague, Professor Akira Mizuno, who teaches ecological engineering with the Toyohashi University of Technology in Aichi, Japan, have been collaborating for more than six years regarding the structural and electro-chemical functionality of chromosomes.
Kanev encouraged scientists to work more with local businesses. “To share information is what most benefits science,” he said.
Additionally, he stressed the importance of interdisciplinary sciences — e.g., biology, physics, etc. — to work together to encourage more discoveries to benefit humanity.
Kanev presented a PowerPoint explaining some of their team’s key discoveries.
“Our group is the first to suggest chromosomes are hiding the secrets of life,” he said, “They produce electricity.”
Specifically, Kanev said in 1888 Tesla built a unique and universal core less electrical transformer — analogous to chromosomes – 30 years before Emil Heitz discovered super large chromosomes.
Extoling Tesla’s prescient knowledge, Kanev said, “He saw this, and invented this, 120 years ago; how he did this … I have no idea.”
“All plants, animals and humans are built with this copy,” Kanev said, referring to chromosomes.
According to Kanev, not only was Tesla ingenious for his research regarding electricity, but he knew X-rays were dangerous at the time they were first discovered. In comparison, Thomas Edison damaged his eyes with X-rays; however, Tesla took precautions to protect his eyes. During this era, Tesla was nominated for the Nobel Prize in physics, but was denied.
“What’s the difference between a genius and a madman?” Kanev asked. He said people were one-step away from being labeled a genius or a madman, and it all depended on where the public put them. He said it was past time to recognize Tesla for the endeavors he brought to science.
You can watch the full presentation on Youtube here.