Life scientists unlock mystery of how 'handedness' arises

Colored patches represent parallelogram outlines around pairs of triangles that have formed chiral super-structures. Parallelograms having different "handedness " and orientations are color-coded and superimposed over each other. The overwhelming majority of proteins and other functional molecules in our bodies display a striking molecular characteristic: They can exist in two distinct forms that are mirror images of each other, like your right hand and left hand. Surprisingly, each of our bodies prefers only one of these molecular forms.

Life scientists unlock mystery of how 'handedness' arises

The overwhelming majority of proteins and other functional molecules in our bodies display a striking molecular characteristic: They can exist in two distinct forms that are mirror images of ...

Tue 8 May 12 from Phys.org

Scientists unlock mystery of how molecular 'handedness' arises, Wed 9 May 12 from Labspaces.net

Scientists unlock mystery of "handedness", Wed 9 May 12 from R&D Mag

UCLA life scientists unlock mystery of how 'handedness' arises, Tue 8 May 12 from e! Science News

Chiral confusion

There are a vast number of chiral crystals just waiting to be discovered, say scientists

Tue 15 May 12 from Chemistry World

UCLA scientists unlock mystery of how 'handedness' arises

Colored patches represent parallelogram outlines around pairs of triangles that have formed chiral super-structures. Parallelograms having different "handedness " and orientations are color-coded ...

Wed 9 May 12 from Biology News

Entropy the major player in chirality conundrum

Why many of the important molecules in our bodies almost always occur in just one chiral form (either right or left handed) when they could potentially exist in either is a mystery that has ...

Tue 8 May 12 from Science a Go Go

Chemistry: Scientists unlock mystery of how 'handedness' arises

Chemists have solved a molecular mystery. The overwhelming majority of proteins and other functional molecules in our bodies display a striking molecular characteristic: They can exist in two ...

Tue 8 May 12 from ScienceDaily

UCLA life scientists unlock mystery of how 'handedness' arises

UCLA chemists solved a molecular mystery, and report the discovery in the journal Nature Communications.

Tue 8 May 12 from Eurekalert

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