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

Springer Science & Business Media
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"How did life originate and why were left-handed molecules selected for its architecture?" This question of high public and interdisciplinary scientific interest is the central theme of this book. It is widely known that in processes triggering the origin of life on Earth, the equal occurrence, the parity between left-handed amino acids and their right-handed mirror images, was violated. The balance was inevitably tipped to the left – as a result of which life's proteins today exclusively implement the left form of amino acids.

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 proposed by physicists, chemists and biologist are vividly presented including the scientific conflicts. The author describes the attempt to verify any of those models with the chirality module of the ROSETTA mission, a probe built and launched with the mission to land on a comet and analyse whether there are chiral organic compounds that could have been brought to the Earth by cometary impacts.

A truly interdisciplinary astrobiology book, "Amino Acids and the Asymmetry of Life" will fascinate students, researchers and all readers with backgrounds in natural sciences.

With a foreword by Henri B. Kagan.

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Publisher
Springer Science & Business Media
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Published on
Aug 15, 2008
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Pages
242
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ISBN
9783540768869
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Language
English
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Genres
Body, Mind & Spirit / UFOs & Extraterrestrials
Science / Chemistry / Organic
Science / Earth Sciences / Geology
Science / Life Sciences / Biochemistry
Science / Life Sciences / Biology
Science / Life Sciences / Microbiology
Science / Physics / Astrophysics
Science / Space Science / Astronomy
Technology & Engineering / Aeronautics & Astronautics
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