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Special Issue "The Origin of Chirality in Life (Chiral Symmetry Breaking)"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2019).
The actual state-of-the-art in chiral symmetry breaking is based on autocatalytic networks working in compartmentalized open systems. Such physico-chemical scenarios show strong similarities with those proposed for the emergence of catalytic polymers and replicators. In spite of this, there is a lack of discussion whether biological homochirality represents, in the origin of life, a simple contingency or is an advantage for the emergence of biological complexity, either because of the dissipation of chemical entropy and/or due to informational entropy reasons.
This Special Issue deals with matters that range from the formation of simple chiral compounds and the formation of chiral biases from the racemic composition in astrobiological scenarios, through the decisive planetary stages of the formation of functional polymers, and to the first primordial biological phase transitions. The call for papers extends from physical chemistry to synthetic biology, and has the aim to discuss the chirality “question” between all research fields involved in the study of the origin of life. Critical reviews, with the goal to disseminate and communicate new advances concerning chirality to research groups working in other fields, are welcome. Furthermore, probably experts on the research of the several stages of chemical evolution, even during the primordial major transitions, have questions and opinions, never before published, on the paradoxical role of biological homochirality, which are worthy of presentation to the origin of life community.
Prof. Dr. Josep M. Ribó
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- Autocatalytic sets
- Chiral replicators
- Coupled networks Enantioselective autocatalysis
- Spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking
- Prebiotic Chemistry Worlds