Chirality is Just Turtles All the Way Down

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L-DOPA is the best drug we have for Parkinson’s disease. If you take L-DOPA and reflect it in a mirror, you get a different molecule: D-DOPA, which does absolutely nothing for Parkinson’s and causes potentially deadly side effects. Making just L-DOPA without D-DOPA is surprisingly hard – so hard that the person who finally figured out how to do it won the 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

00:00 Intro
00:35 Chirality
02:25 Racemic drugs
02:44 Parkinson’s disease
03:56 Option 2
07:02 The 2001 Nobel
09:03 Turtles all the way down
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