November 13, 2012

Why Is Life Carbon-Based?

S.E. Gould, Scientific American

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Everything on earth is made up of combinations of different elements – all of which can be found on the periodic table. Considering that the periodic table contains 118 elements it seems a pity that organic life tends to feature only five or six of those elements in any vast quantities. The main one being carbon.

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TAGGED: Molecules, Carbon (element), Chemistry, Orbitals