Asymmetric carbon

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An asymmetric carbon has 4 different atoms or groups of atoms bonded to it. This type of central carbon atom can also be known as a [[Chiral carbon|chiral carbon]].<ref>Berg, J., Tymoczko, J. and Stryer, L. (2011). Biochemistry. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. p27</ref>  
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An asymmetric [[carbon|carbon]] has 4 different atoms or groups of [[atoms|atoms]] bonded to it. This type of central carbon atom can also be known as a [[Chiral carbon|chiral carbon]]&nbsp;<ref>Berg, J., Tymoczko, J. and Stryer, L. (2011). Biochemistry. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. p27</ref>.
  
An example of a molecule that contains an asymmetric carbon is an [[Amino acid|amino acid]]. This is because these molecules contain a central carbon atom attached to an [[Amino group|amino group]], [[Carboxyl group|carboxyl group]], hydrogen atom and a variable side chain.<ref>Hartl, D. and Ruvolo, M. (2012). Genetics. Burlington, MA: Jones &amp;amp; Bartlett Learning. p347</ref>&nbsp;  
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An example of a molecule that contains an asymmetric carbon is an [[Amino acid|amino acid]]. This is because these molecules contain a central carbon atom attached to an [[Amino group|amino group]], [[Carboxyl group|carboxyl group]], hydrogen atom and a variable side chain<ref>Hartl, D. and Ruvolo, M. (2012). Genetics. Burlington, MA: Jones &amp;amp;amp; Bartlett Learning. p347</ref>.&nbsp;<br>  
 
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An asymmetric carbon has 4 different atoms or groups of atoms bonded to it. This type of central carbon atom can also be known as a chiral carbon [1].

An example of a molecule that contains an asymmetric carbon is an amino acid. This is because these molecules contain a central carbon atom attached to an amino group, carboxyl group, hydrogen atom and a variable side chain[2]

References

  1. Berg, J., Tymoczko, J. and Stryer, L. (2011). Biochemistry. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. p27
  2. Hartl, D. and Ruvolo, M. (2012). Genetics. Burlington, MA: Jones &amp;amp; Bartlett Learning. p347

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