Important Question About AMINO ACIDS ?????
T. S. Pillay
tpillay at ucsd.edu
Wed Sep 21 22:46:46 EST 1994
Subject: Important Question About AMINO ACIDS ?????
From: Yvon Boudreau, ybou at fox.nstn.ns.ca
Date: 13 Sep 1994 23:05:53 -0300
In article <355lq1$n9c at owl.nstn.ns.ca> Yvon Boudreau, ybou at fox.nstn.ns.ca
>1.) Why are the amino acids of the "alpha" type?
>2.) Why are they of the "levo" type?
> These questions were given to me in my grade 12 biology class.
> Help would be very much appreciated!
> Thank - you Marc Boudreau.
alpha-because the NH2 group is on the alpha carbon
levo- because natural amino acids are levorotatory or "left" sided
rather than "right" sided or "dextro"
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