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CHEN Ji, ZHU Ting. Mirror-image Biological Molecules[J]. Journal of Space Science, 2021, 41(1): 141-144. doi: 10.11728/cjss2021.01.141
Citation: CHEN Ji, ZHU Ting. Mirror-image Biological Molecules[J]. Journal of Space Science, 2021, 41(1): 141-144. doi: 10.11728/cjss2021.01.141

Mirror-image Biological Molecules

doi: 10.11728/cjss2021.01.141
  • Received Date: 2020-11-15
  • Publish Date: 2021-01-15
  • The homochirality of biological molecules is a hallmark of all terrestrial life. Whether life's dependence on D-ribose nucleic acids and L-amino acids was required for the origins of life, or merely a chance event on prebiotic Earth remains unclear. Despite the challenges in elucidating the cause for homochirality, accumulating evidence suggests the possibility of synthesizing mirror-image life based on L-ribose nucleic acids and D-amino acids. Here we briefly summarize the recent findings in mirror-image biology and discuss the prospects of building mirror-image life in the laboratory using newly developed mirror-image molecular tools.


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