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Carbonaceous Chondrite (CC) meteorites are fragments of asteroids, solar planetesimals that never became large enough to separate matter by their density, like terrestrial planets. CC contains various amounts of organic

Carbonaceous Chondrite (CC) meteorites are fragments of asteroids, solar planetesimals that never became large enough to separate matter by their density, like terrestrial planets. CC contains various amounts of organic carbon and carry a record of chemical evolution as it came to be in the Solar System, at the time the Earth was formed and before the origins of life. We review this record as it pertains to the chiral asymmetry determined for several organic compounds in CC, which reaches a broad molecular distribution and enantiomeric excesses of up to 50%–60%.

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    • 2016-04-13
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    • Digital object identifier: 10.3390/life6020018
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    Pizzarello, S. (2016). Molecular Asymmetry in Prebiotic Chemistry: An Account from Meteorites. Life, 6(2), 18. doi:10.3390/life6020018

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