Chiral life concept

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Jarek
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Chiral life concept

Post by Jarek » Fri Aug 22, 2008 5:33 pm

Imagine that we take mirror reflection of a cell - change each molecule into its enantiomer.
In physics it's called parity transform - it's not perfectly conserved, but the differences of energies are many orders of magnitude smaller than thermal noise in biochemistry - such cell should function properly (but for example use L-glucose).
http://wikibin.org/articles/chiral-life-concept.html

We don't have (?) technology to construct such cell in this moment, but maybe in a few dozens of years ...
So I believe it would be wise to discuss about it's possibilities and dangers...
One of the possibility is that such chiral life would be incompatible with most of normal parasites...

What do You think about it?

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Post by mith » Sat Aug 23, 2008 5:48 am

the chirality would only be secondary to the miracle of abiogenesis.
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