Synthesis of Amino Acid Residues with Reactive Side Chainsunder Simple Conditions

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Science  09 Dec 1966:
Vol. 154, Issue 3754, pp. 1344-1346
DOI: 10.1126/science.154.3754.1344


The side chains of amino acid residues can be converted from nonreactive to reactive species. Under the influence of electrical discharge, alanine is converted to aspartic acid in the presence of CO2, for example. The possible implications of these findings to events taking place on primitive Earth are discussed.