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Is All Life Left-Handed?


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Is All Life Left-Handed?

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Axel Brandenburg

Photo: Rob Rutten

Join us for Astrobiology Magazine’s latest podcast: “Naked Astrobiology”: Is All Life Left-Handed?  Our host Simon Mitton interviews Axel Brandenburg, an astrobiologist at the NORDITA research facility at Stockholm in Sweden. In this interview, Brandenburg considers why terrestrial life is based on molecules that have a left-handed symmetry, when their mirror images should work just as well. He considers the intriguing question: could life be right handed, at the molecular level, elsewhere in the solar system?

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