Supernovae, neutron stars and biomolecular chirality.

  title={Supernovae, neutron stars and biomolecular chirality.},
  author={William Bonner and Edward Rubenstein},
  journal={Bio Systems},
  volume={20 1},
Recent theoretical and experimental investigations of the origin of biomolecular chirality are reviewed briefly. Biotic and abiotic theories are evaluated critically with the conclusion that asymmetric photochemical processes with circulary polarized light (CPL), particularly asymmetric photolyses, constitute the most viable mechanisms. Solar CPL sources appear too weak and random to be effective. We suggest an alternative CPL source, namely, the synchrotron radiation from the neutron star… CONTINUE READING

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