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Owing to a faster rate of sublimation of the racemic form as compared to the optically pure form, optical purification occurred without any external action or special environmental condition. We believe that the phenomenon of optical self-purification reported here deserves further systematic study as possibly one of the mechanisms leading to the emergence and maintenance of prebiotic homochirality. Copyright 2007 American Chemical Society.
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Soloshonok, V. A., Ueki, H., Yasumoto, M., Mekala, S., Hirschi, J. S., & Singleton, D. A.