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How the science of chirality is helping the search for better drugs and origins of life
Many of the building blocks of life exist in two forms that are mirror images of one another – a phenomenon known as chirality that is necessary for life to exist at all. How chirality arose eons ago is one of the great mysteries of science. What served as the first template – back before DNA, RNA and proteins, before the origin of life, in the prebiotic soup, when the nascent building blocks for life were first being formed? What process was responsible for directing amino acids to turn left, and sugars to turn right? In her Front Row lecture, Donna Blackmond, PhD, will share how deciphering the origins of chirality can help scientists design and develop safer, modern pharmaceuticals and in the search for life on other planets.

ABOUT THE FRONT ROW LECTURE SERIES
Take a seat in the front row and listen as some of the world’s foremost scientists introduce you to the innovative medicines and treatments headed your way from Scripps Research. Each one-hour virtual lecture is free and can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home. Learn more at frontrow.scripps.edu.

ABOUT SCRIPPS RESEARCH
Scripps Research is an independent, nonprofit biomedical institute ranked the most influential in the world for its impact on innovation. With campuses in La Jolla, California, and Jupiter, Florida, we are advancing human health through profound discoveries that address pressing medical concerns around the globe.

Jun 16, 2021 01:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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