The Resource Amino acids and the asymmetry of life : caught in the act of formation, Uwe Meierhenrich ; with a foreword by Henri B. Kagan

Amino acids and the asymmetry of life : caught in the act of formation, Uwe Meierhenrich ; with a foreword by Henri B. Kagan

Label
Amino acids and the asymmetry of life : caught in the act of formation
Title
Amino acids and the asymmetry of life
Title remainder
caught in the act of formation
Statement of responsibility
Uwe Meierhenrich ; with a foreword by Henri B. Kagan
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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 is inevitably tipped to the left {u2013} provoking that life{u2019}s proteins today exclusively implement the left form of amino acids. Written in an intoxicating style, this book describes how the basic building blocks of life, the amino acids, formed. After a comprehensible introduction into stereochemistry, the author addresses the inherent property of amino acids in living organisms, namely the preference for left-handedness. What was the cause for 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
Member of
Cataloging source
GW5XE
Dewey number
576.83
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QH326
LC item number
.M45 2008eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Advances in astrobiology and biogeophysics
Label
Amino acids and the asymmetry of life : caught in the act of formation, Uwe Meierhenrich ; with a foreword by Henri B. Kagan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-228) and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
List of symbols and abbreviations -- 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 -- Appendix
Control code
ocn288470227
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxii, 241 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9783540768869
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
978-3-540-76885-2
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b23465955
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)288470227
  • pebcs3540768858

Library Locations

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