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  • International Journal of Astrobiology, Volume 4, Issue 1
  • January 2005, pp. 43-48

Origin of homochirality in biological systems

  • S. Toxvaerd (a1)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1473550405002326
  • Published online: 08 September 2005
Abstract

Models for segregation of racemic mixtures of chiral amphiphiles and lipophiles in aqueous solutions show that the amphiphiles with active isomerization kinetics can perform a spontaneous symmetry break during the segregation and self-assemble to homochiral matter. Based on physico-chemical facts, it is argued that D-glyceraldehyde, which was synthesized from the volatiles at the hydrothermal reactors at the origin of life, could be the origin of homochirality in biological systems.

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