The Chiral Puzzle of Life.

@article{Globus2020TheCP,
  title={The Chiral Puzzle of Life.},
  author={N. Globus and R. Blandford},
  journal={arXiv: Other Quantitative Biology},
  year={2020}
}
  • N. Globus, R. Blandford
  • Published 2020
  • Mathematics, Physics, Biology
  • arXiv: Other Quantitative Biology
  • Biological molecules chose one of two structurally, chiral systems which are related by reflection in a mirror. It is proposed that this choice was made, causally, by magnetically polarized and physically chiral cosmic-rays, which are known to have a large role in mutagenesis. It is shown that the cosmic rays can impose a small, but persistent, chiral bias in the rate at which they induce structural changes in simple, chiral monomers that are the building blocks of biopolymers. A much larger… CONTINUE READING

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