Results of the Second Stage of the Investigation of the Radiation Mechanism of Chiral Influence (RAMBAS-2 Experiment)

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Abstract

Results of the second stage of the RAMBAS (RAdiation Mechanism of Biomolecular ASymmetry) experiment on investigation of the radiation mechanism of the influence on chiral molecules are presented. Optical activity of samples of racemic mixtures of amino acids with heavy metals was compared prior to and after irradiation by electron flux from a radioactive source. It is found that the irradiation results in asymmetric degradation of both complexes and amino acids and in production of chiral asymmetry of the samples under study. These results confirm the conclusions inferred from the first stage of the RAMBAS experiment and could be important for the solution of the origin-of-life and biological homochirality problems.

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