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Expanding Functionality Within the Looking-Glass Universe

One of the great mysteries of life has been the emergence of a strictly “left-handed” protein world where great attention has been paid to the l-amino acid building blocks, while d-amino acids are largely regarded as red-headed cousins who are easy to ignore. This perspective discusses a report by Lam et al., who challenge this perception, describing a role for d-amino acids in controlling bacterial responses to environmental cues

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Resource Type: Journal article/Issue, Review
Audience Level: Undergraduate lower division 13-14, Undergraduate upper division 15-16, Graduate, Professional (degree program), Continuing education

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Authors and Editors: Steven Blanke of Department of Microbiology and the Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois
Publisher: SCIENCE
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