Amino Acids and the Asymmetry of Life: Caught in the Act of Formation / Edition 1

Amino Acids and the Asymmetry of Life: Caught in the Act of Formation / Edition 1

by Uwe Meierhenrich, Henri B. Kagan Uwe Meierhenrich
ISBN-10:
3540768858
ISBN-13:
9783540768852
Pub. Date:
10/10/2008
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
ISBN-10:
3540768858
ISBN-13:
9783540768852
Pub. Date:
10/10/2008
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Amino Acids and the Asymmetry of Life: Caught in the Act of Formation / Edition 1

Amino Acids and the Asymmetry of Life: Caught in the Act of Formation / Edition 1

by Uwe Meierhenrich, Henri B. Kagan Uwe Meierhenrich

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Overview

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 biologists as well as the scientific conflicts.



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ISBN-13: 9783540768852
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date: 10/10/2008
Series: Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics
Edition description: 2008
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of 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.

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