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Amino acids and the asymmetry of life : caught in the act of formation

Author: Uwe Meierhenrich
Publisher: Berlin : Springer, ©2008.
Series: Advances in astrobiology and biogeophysics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Written in an engaging style, this book describes how the basic building blocks of life, the amino acids, formed. After a comprehensible introduction to stereochemistry, the author addresses the inherent property of amino acids in living organisms, namely the preference for left-handedness. What was the cause for the violation of parity of amino acids in the emergence of life on Earth? All the fascinating models  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Uwe Meierhenrich
ISBN: 3540768858 9783540768852 9783540768869 3540768866
OCLC Number: 227032729
Description: xxii, 241 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: List of symbols and abbreviations --
Tracing life's origin: from amino acids to space mission ROSETTA --
Stereochemistry for the study of the origin of life --
Minority report: life's chiral molecules of opposite handedness --
When crystals deliver chirality to life --
When parity falls: the weak nuclear interaction --
Chiral fields: light, magnetism, and chirality --
Key to the prebiotic origin of amino acids --
A new record for chiral molecules in meteorites --
The new space race: chiral molecules on comets and on Mars --
Accelerating the carousel: amplification mechanisms --
Appendix.
Series Title: Advances in astrobiology and biogeophysics.
Responsibility: Uwe Meierhenrich ; with a foreword by Henri B. Kagan.
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This engaging study seeks to explain why left-handed amino acids violated parity in the emergence of life on Earth. To that end, it offers all the models proposed by physicists, chemists and  Read more...

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