Volume 95 Issue 11 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: March 13, 2017 | Web Date: March 9, 2017

Quantum effect could explain how chiral molecules interact

Electron spin polarization promotes recognition between molecules of similar chirality
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Organic SCENE, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: physical chemistry, theoretical chemistry, modeling, noncovalent, biological chemistry, biochemistry

Biomolecules from small amino acids to large DNA helices are chiral, and how they interact depends on their chirality. A newly identified quantum effect could help explain how biomolecules’ chirality persists.

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