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1st Aug '16 6:45:10 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''TourOfTheMerrimack'': The crew aren't worried about picking up any diseases in the Myriad because life on those worlds uses opposite-handed proteins, which are are incompatible with human biology. It's likened to attempting to attach a four-post wheel to a five-post axle with opposite-thread bolts. It is also mentioned that [[HordeOfAlienLocusts the Hive]] is unique among all known species in that it is able to digest proteins of either chirality.

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* ''TourOfTheMerrimack'': ''Literature/TourOfTheMerrimack'': The crew aren't worried about picking up any diseases in the Myriad because life on those worlds uses opposite-handed proteins, which are are incompatible with human biology. It's likened to attempting to attach a four-post wheel to a five-post axle with opposite-thread bolts. It is also mentioned that [[HordeOfAlienLocusts the Hive]] is unique among all known species in that it is able to digest proteins of either chirality.



* In the ArthurCClarke short story "Technical Error", an experimental superconducting power station accidentally inverts Richard Nelson so that all his body chemistry is opposite-handed. He needs to have special "left-handed" food synthesized for him, and since no one is sure if we've missed any essential micronutrients that would also need to be inverted for him, he figures his best option for long-term survival is to repeat the accident and try to re-invert himself.

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* In the ArthurCClarke Creator/ArthurCClarke short story "Technical Error", an experimental superconducting power station accidentally inverts Richard Nelson so that all his body chemistry is opposite-handed. He needs to have special "left-handed" food synthesized for him, and since no one is sure if we've missed any essential micronutrients that would also need to be inverted for him, he figures his best option for long-term survival is to repeat the accident and try to re-invert himself.



* An episode of BlackHoleHigh was actually called "Chirality," and introduced the concept in a chemistry class -- then used it as a justification for a PersonalitySwap episode.

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* An episode of BlackHoleHigh ''Series/BlackHoleHigh'' was actually called "Chirality," and introduced the concept in a chemistry class -- then used it as a justification for a PersonalitySwap episode.



* In ''{{GURPS}} Time Travel'', this is one of the entries on the "something went wrong with our dimension-traveling device" chart.
* Many colony worlds in the ''[[TabletopGame/{{TwentyThreeHundredAD}} 2300 AD]]'' universe have dextro-based life. To get around this, human colonists sterilize large patches of ground and use "pay dirt" from Earth to set up a localized biosphere suitable for growing crops. On the other hand, many native creatures from dextro-worlds (most infamously [[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou Aurore]]) will take a bite out of humans or their livestock without worrying whether it will make them sick.

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* In ''{{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Time Travel'', this is one of the entries on the "something went wrong with our dimension-traveling device" chart.
* Many colony worlds in the ''[[TabletopGame/{{TwentyThreeHundredAD}} 2300 AD]]'' ''TabletopGame/TwentyThreeHundredAD'' universe have dextro-based life. To get around this, human colonists sterilize large patches of ground and use "pay dirt" from Earth to set up a localized biosphere suitable for growing crops. On the other hand, many native creatures from dextro-worlds (most infamously [[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou Aurore]]) will take a bite out of humans or their livestock without worrying whether it will make them sick.
1st Jun '16 8:05:19 PM ArtemisPal
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16th Apr '16 2:46:32 PM erforce
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--> -- ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''

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** Referenced darkly in Creator/AlanMoore's ''LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''; in a text feature in Vol. 2, it is revealed that Alice emerged from the Looking Glass world with her entire body mirror-reversed. As a result, she was unable to eat normal food, and ultimately starved to death.

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** Referenced darkly in Creator/AlanMoore's ''LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''; ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''; in a text feature in Vol. 2, it is revealed that Alice emerged from the Looking Glass world with her entire body mirror-reversed. As a result, she was unable to eat normal food, and ultimately starved to death.
9th Mar '16 1:31:42 PM justanid
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* In the massively crossover fanfic ''Bring Me the Head of Harry Potter'', it's revealed that Voldemort used a spell that turned people inside out. Examining a battlefield long after the fact, Willow Rosenberg feels the earth's pain from wrong-chirality organic molecule poisoning.
* One ''Series/StargateSG1'' fanfic mentions a right-handed world being used as a prison planet. Plenty of oxygen, but if you escape the prison camp there's absolutely nothing to eat. Unless you [[spoiler: dismember the guards]].
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* In the massively crossover fanfic ''Bring Me the Head of Harry Potter'', it's revealed that Voldemort used a spell that turned people inside out. Examining a battlefield long after the fact, Willow Rosenberg feels the earth's pain from wrong-chirality organic molecule poisoning.
* One ''Series/StargateSG1'' fanfic mentions a right-handed world being used as a prison planet. Plenty of oxygen, but if you escape the prison camp there's absolutely nothing to eat. Unless you [[spoiler: dismember the guards]].








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9th Mar '16 1:10:41 PM justanid
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* In 'The Boy Who Reversed Himself'' by Creator/WilliamSleator, the protagonists gain the ability to enter the fourth dimension and therefore end up reversed. They learn that mirror-ketchup is an extremely addictive drug.

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* In 'The ''The Boy Who Reversed Himself'' by Creator/WilliamSleator, the protagonists gain the ability to enter the fourth dimension and therefore end up reversed. They learn that mirror-ketchup is an extremely addictive drug.
4th Sep '15 10:02:19 PM Quanyails
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* In the massively crossover fanfic Bring Me the Head of Harry Potter, it's revealed that Voldemort used a spell that turned people inside out. Examining a battlefield long after the fact, Willow Rosenberg feels the earth's pain from wrong-chirality organic molecule poisoning.

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* In the massively crossover fanfic Bring ''Bring Me the Head of Harry Potter, Potter'', it's revealed that Voldemort used a spell that turned people inside out. Examining a battlefield long after the fact, Willow Rosenberg feels the earth's pain from wrong-chirality organic molecule poisoning.
16th Aug '15 2:41:50 PM john_e
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* In ''The Documents in the Case'' by Creator/DorothyLSayers, stereochemistry is proof that the death was a murder, not an accidental poisoning -- the poison is optically inactive (and hence produced by synthesis in a laboratory) rather than optically active (as it would have been if it came from a poisonous toadstool eaten by mistake).
8th Apr '15 12:26:42 AM superkeijikun
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** In the Dark Star Lounge on the Citadel, when Shepard asks for the strongest drink in the bar, the bartender serves up a green liquor and remarks: "[It's] guaranteed to knock you on your ass, unless you're dextro-DNA like me. If you are, it'll kill ya."
3rd Apr '15 7:28:39 PM RedShoe
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* The pungently orange-scented solvent popular under various trade names as a household cleaner is the D-enantiomer of the hydrocarbon limonene. The R-enantiomer is also a solvent that can be used as a cleaner, but smells of pine. Upon learning this, some people suddenly realize the true but often-overlooked fact that pine and citrus are very similar scents.
28th Feb '15 11:19:48 PM BlackSunNocturne
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** In case you're wondering, Mass Effect pulls a major case of ArtisticLicenseBiology with this. Turns out the amino acid differences aren't dangerous to the other ones. If anything they'd [[http://darthempress.tumblr.com/post/21009439428/dextro-wont-kill-you-honey-still-proceed-with taste like mint or some kind of sugar]].
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