The Single-Handed Molecules of Life

Talk

WHEN October 15, 2014
6:30-8pm WHERE NYUAD Campus, Conference Center WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute Open to the Public

Scientists now know that the molecules that make up our world can be thought of as right or left handed, similar to the "handedness" of a screw or bolt. Moreover, the biological systems that comprise all living organisms are made up of molecules with the same handedness. This lecture discusses the details of this phenomenon, and its profound implications on areas ranging from drug synthesis to bone implants. What could be the origins of this same-handedness? What does it tell us about life as we know it, and how do we use this knowledge in the search for extraterrestrial life beyond our world?

Simultaneous Arabic interpretation will be provided.

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