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

Author: Uwe Meierhenrich
Publisher: Berlin : Springer, ©2010.
Series: Advances in astrobiology and biogeophysics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

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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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Uwe Meierhenrich
ISBN: 9783642095580 3642095585 9783540768869 3540768866
OCLC Number: 743292256
Description: xxii, 241 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 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.
Series Title: Advances in astrobiology and biogeophysics.
Responsibility: Uwe Meierhenrich ; with a foreword by Henri B. Kagan.


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