Why only L amino acids?

Keith Warren Rickert rickert at cco.caltech.edu
Thu Jul 7 21:46:59 EST 1994

In <2vicci$fdv at nyx10.cs.du.edu> pfinerty at nyx10.cs.du.edu (being) writes:


>a recent issue of science or nature (i can't remember which) included an
>article on experiments using magnetic fields to influence the chirality of
>the products of a reaction.  the influence is very strong too, something
>like 80-90% of the product is of one type. it was suggested that, although
>much weaker, the earth's magnetic field might have exerted a similar
>effect on the early events of chiral molecule formation.  i think they
>might also have suggested that a tempory increase in the magnetic field
>could also have happened.

Unfortunately, those experiments, originally reported
in Angewandte Chemie, were shown to have been fabricated,
and the retraction will be published shortly.

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