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Looking Glass World

Synopsis
Many organic compounds which are otherwise chemically identical are related to each other as the left hand is to the right. This molecular handedness can be vitally important when synthesising drugs. Demonstrates and describes the property of chirality and the way in which it was discovered. Shows the importance of chirality in drugs and the need to find chiral specific methods of synthesis. Describes the use of enzymes in the commercial synthesis of chiral intermediates for drug production. Describes chirally specific synthetic techniques developed using chiral catalysts. Explains how computer graphics are used in understanding the importance of chirality in drug interactions and how this facility may eventually help in the design of new drugs.
Series
Organic Chemistry, Course S246
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 24 min.
Year of production
1991
Availability
Off-air recording licence
Sale; 1999 sale: £145.00 (+VAT +p&p)
Subjects
Chemistry
Keywords
chiral synthesis; chirality; drugs; handedness; organic chemistry

Credits

Producer
Barrie Whatley
Contributor
Alan Bassindale

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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