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Enantiomers, from Jeff Watson

February 21, 2009 |

 Enantiomers are molecules that are composed of the same atoms but are mirror images of one another. Since they are mirror images, they are not super-imposable upon one another (chiral…also found in spiral sea shells) and will react differently with other entantiomers. In other words, they are the same chemical in every which way save the mirror image, but are a totally different molecule. Biochemical studies have shown that enantiomers will affect living organisms in different ways. One way of detection is that enantiomers will rotate polarized light in opposite directions to the exact same angle. Perhaps there are some hidden enantiomers in the market where the same data will make the market move opposite of what you’d think, because of the complete difference that cannot be detected by normal means and testing.


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