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Why are amino acids in biology homochiral?

Why are only L-amino acids used in protein construction, and not D-amino acids?

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    $\begingroup$ We already have a question about the number of amino acids used in proteins, so I edited your question to be only about the second part of your original question. $\endgroup$ Jan 13, 2013 at 14:53
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    $\begingroup$ We also have Why are amino acids in biology homochiral? $\endgroup$
    – Alan Boyd
    Jan 13, 2013 at 15:02
  • $\begingroup$ I personally (not base on Lab works) think, maybe structure of translation related proteins and RNAs, is the cause of these. I'll carefully read your suggested links. $\endgroup$
    – MySky
    Jan 13, 2013 at 15:22
  • $\begingroup$ I could give citations of where D-amino acids are in fact used in proteins; however I'm not sure that would count as an answer to this question. $\endgroup$
    – Joshua
    May 20, 2017 at 14:11


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