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Energy Threshold for Chiral Symmetry Breaking in Molecular Self-Replication

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submitted on 16.05.2019 and posted on 17.05.2019 by Neil Hawbaker, Donna Blackmond
We have determined the energy required for symmetry breaking and chiral amplification in the Soai autocatalytic reaction. This work examines the likelihood that parity violation energy difference of enantiomers is implicated in the origin of chiral symmetry breaking and highlights the challenges inherent in a search for a prebiotically plausible version of Soai autocatalysis.

Funding

Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life (SCOL 287625).

History

Email Address of Submitting Author

blackmond@scripps.edu

Institution

Scripps Research

Country

USA

ORCID For Submitting Author

0000-0001-9829-8375

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

none

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