Latest Homochirality Stories
A new study explores how simple molecules started assembling into the life-giving molecules of amino acids and sugars.
New research shows how metal surfaces that lack mirror symmetry could provide a novel approach towards manufacturing pharmaceuticals.
Scientists are reporting discovery of what may be the â€œancestral Eveâ€ crystal that billions of years ago gave life on Earth its curious and exclusive preference for so-called left-handed amino acids.
NEW YORK, March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Within the general question of the chemical origin of life lies the question of handedness, or chirality (a term derived from the Greek word for hand).
Flash back three or four billion years â€” Earth is a hot, dry and lifeless place. All is still. Without warning, a meteor slams into the desert plains at over ten thousand miles per hour. With it, this violent collision may have planted the chemical seeds of life on Earth.
Chosen to fly in 2011 as part of the European Space Agency's ExoMars mission, an instrument designed at UC Berkeley will look for an indisputable signature of life: the tendency of life-based amino acids to be either left- or right-handed. The instrument, the Mars Organic Analyzer, passed a key test this month in the most lifeless region of our planet, Chile's Atacama Desert.
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