On chirality and the universal asymmetry : reflections on image and mirror image / Georges H. Wagnière Wagnière, Georges Henry, 1933-

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Wagnière, Georges Henry, 1933-
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Chirality.; Asymmetry (Chemistry); SCIENCE - Chemistry - Physical & Theoretical.
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Until half a century ago, it was assumed that the forces of nature were symmetric and that they did not distinguish between right and left, between image and mirror image. The discovery of the violation of parity in 1956 was more than a sensation, for some it was a shock. It implied that the universe displays handedness, or chirality, and that it is fundamentally asymmetric. Remarkably, a most striking asymmetry is encountered in the realm of biology. Living organisms contain proteins built almost exclusively from L-amino acids, and nucleic acids derived from D-sugars only. Yet a mirror-image.
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