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Cell Mol Life Sci. 2001 Jan;58(1):44-60.

Origin of organic molecules and biomolecular homochirality.

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  • 1Institut für Organische Chemie der Universität Stuttgart, Germany. joachim.podlech@po.uni-stuttgart.de

Abstract

Theories about the origin of biomolecular homochirality, which seems to be a prerequisite for the creation of life, are discussed. First, possible terrestrial and extraterrestrial sources of organic molecules are outlined. Then, mechanisms for the formation of enantiomerically enriched compounds and for the amplification of their chirality are described.

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