Puzzle Solved! Cosmic Rays Caused DNA To Turn Right Handed

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Hello and welcome! My name is Anton and in this video, we will talk about the discovery of how cosmic rays most likely led the evolution of DNA molecules to be right handed over time.
Paper: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2041-8213/ab8dc6

Tags: anton petrov, science, physics, astrophysics, astronomy, universe, whatdamath, what da math, technology, space engine, universe sandbox 2, early earth, creation of life, life on earth, dna molecule, chiral puzzle of life, chirality, organic chemistry, what is handedness, dna molecule development, mutation of dna, dna mutation, chirality of molecules, limonene, dna right handedness, why is dna right handed, dna chirality, cosmic rays, cosmic rays and dna, muons, fermi paradox

  1. Bob Flendorg

    Is this Greta Thunberg’s YouTube channel?

  2. moed al garny

    so pewdiepie lie to us..he said we are floor gang…and now this said that all human are right wall gang 😳

  3. Ashwin

    Communism is doomed? lol LEFT gets killed by default xD

  4. Bobby Clay


  5. Naamã dos Santos Silva

    That means most alien food will be edible.

  6. Ufuk Soysuz

    Very cool Video!

  7. Shirley Munro

    I wonder if people who are alergic to everything are developing a left-handed molecule preference?

  8. dorbie

    Turns out only one chirality of Thalidomide caused birth defects, the other was an effective drug. Unfortunately it shipped as a 50/50 mix of each.

  9. E̷n̸u̵o̵ A̴k̶a̴t̵s̵u̵k̶i̴

    wordefull cosmic rays just like you anton

  10. Osmosis Jones

    Do nuonts move faster then light . And how do you spell them . I can bearly hear how prenounce them

  11. Uncle Cucky


  12. moovertoys

    Hi love your videos. I have a question. You said that like started in a mix of different elements and organic material. But how do you have organic material present before life was started? Impossible

  13. MC's Creations

    Well, when I was a kid I used to write with both hands. Now I can only write with my right hand… Hmmm… Curious… 🤔
    (Don’t be stupid, of course it’s a joke.)

  14. Ravenous Matter

    dang so space is the reason i’m right handed i guess

  15. Science Troll

    Fermi Paradox explanation number 648C. They don’t like us because we’re right-handed.

  16. Spark877

    This is why I’m not gonna be an astronaut!

  17. Carl DiFrancesco

    Is RNA lefty….?

  18. jiminator

    Thanks wonderful person, for explaining science in a way that dumb people can understand. :)

  19. David Burgin


  20. FandersonUfo

    Once again Anton takes a very obscure topic and makes a fascinating video out of it. Bravo sir.

  21. bean

    Wow this is cool. Gives me flashbacks to the strong anthropomorphic principle.

  22. Metastate12

    The radiation you measure could also be radon, unless you’re outside.

  23. Black Hole Generator

    Good stuff Anton

  24. L C

    After watching this video I am left confused.

  25. Christopher Ellis

    XEIROC 🖐️, mână, hand, ruka 🤚

  26. Music Alchemy

    Am I a cosmic anomaly

  27. Osmosis Jones

    Wonder what right handed life is Life is like.

  28. D H

    Legend has it d.n.a in Australia is left handed

  29. Robert Aspindale

    Great video. Much enjoyed. Thanks a lot.

  30. Jejsh Memeken

    So that’s why I’m hung to the left

  31. CatholicSatan

    Indeed, d-alpha-tocopherol or the _right_ handed form of vitamin E is the form preferred by our bodies. All those people buying cheap Vit E supplements that does not specify the d/right-handed form are essentially consuming a less effective product and donating money to the manufacturers for no good reason.

  32. Chuck Just Chuck

    DOes this mean it turns counter counter clockwise (right to left)?

  33. Ekaterina McGuire

    Super-interesting, Anton – thanks. By the way, are most of the scientific articles you cite open-access articles, or are they articles for which you have to have a subscription? Thanks again.

  34. D N

    I was first

  35. Robert macek

    Very interesting Anton.

  36. Osmosis Jones

    Life might be a accusation loop

  37. shmuel naaman

    If that is the case, that might cause difficulties to explain how life started only once on planet earth.

  38. Tim MacWilliam

    That’s right Anton forward and to the right.

  39. StoneWall

    Inject some left hand alien blood and your body would explode.

  40. Wayne Scott

    I haven’t heard the word chiral in a long time. (Shudders in chemistry flash backs)

  41. Aditya Mohanty

    Never stop posting videos please

  42. James Driscoll


  43. Alexagrigorieff

    Sci Fi explored the idea of flipped chiralilty.

  44. Michael Little

    Loved it !

  45. JAMES Just James

    I was about to say, wouldn’t the muon spin effect molecules, I guess I’m not think as they dumb I are! Ha..

  46. Martyn Notman

    Did they tie DNAs left hand behind their back and make them write with their right? 😂

  47. Disciple of Veloth

    It would be cool if the deep biosphere hypothesis is proven true and we can find left handed life that developed do to the lack of cosmic rays

  48. Hakan Karaağaç

    “obviously this is not something you can feel”
    Well now that you said it, i feel kinda off.
    Also for other readers:

    You are now breathing manually

  49. GatSpeed

    I’ve always had a thought that maybe the reason some people fit into their astrology signs has something to do with some type of cosmic radiation present at the time their born.

  50. Shred With Dignity

    Sup dudes! 4th

  51. Ilusys Systems

    Hmmm so this is why we use right handed threads as well I bet :)

  52. pink hot acid boots

    anton you’re getting very click baity right now, your last two videos or better said the titles of the last two videos are stating something like it’s a solid fact but you say in the very beginning of these videos…”may, maybe, it’s just a hypithesis”
    all of these latest topics that you are presenting are barely hypothesis so stop using expressions such “puzzle solved”, ” we know everything about” and such…it’s a click bait af because we know nothing certain about those topics..at least not for now

  53. Michael West

    As always an interesting new piece of knowledge and layer of wonder to life here and slave beyond.

  54. Strwz

    1:20 … we don’t really know… but… mystery solved!

  55. will2see

    Nice video, Anton. Thank you. Will you make a video about the universal definition of life?

  56. Stu Mas

    *The Left haven’t been cosmically upgraded*

  57. Steve Goodman

    I’m left-handed and I object!

  58. Super-i

    Would be interesting to see the resulting effect cosmic rays have on prokaryotic life. Till then its merley a “hypothesis” : )

  59. Nigon Kouk

    You always have some interesting things to talk about’ ;|)

  60. djmikeymack

    Life on other planets becomes more and more clear every day

  61. Scott Kernan

    Your awesome love the way you explain your work so a simpleten like myself can understand thanks

  62. beingsneaky

    hmm i seen a vid awhile ago. that theorized that lighting may be cause by gamma rays?? or cosmic rays? I forget which one..

  63. The Lab of No Return

    an important one you missed was thalidomide but again great video thank you Anton

  64. vigorus

    thank you wonderful anton for another interesting, short video. i watch a lot of interesting videos on youtube relating to science and learning coz i am under-educated. u r my favourite teacher. even ahead of arvin ash or that ryan seacrest looking guy on veritasium. and i truly admire u and both those guys for the ability to take a complicated idea and explain it to me in a way i sometimes understand.

  65. Adrian Kurzeja

    Comment for wonderful likes

  66. Hifezael El

    Let there be light!

  67. Htos 1av

    Most definitely a “key” in understanding the origin of life, let’s hope no alarms were tripped.

  68. Ralph Blosat

    since when you have become an expert on what earth looked like millions of years ago when you where not there.

  69. SeriousMils

    Anton thank you for uploading each day! Always looking forward for a new upload.

  70. Tim MacWilliam

    Everything is Mirrored…Everything. Love your all your vids Anton.

  71. philp1232

    Great video as always, I do have a question, as anton mentions muons decay and interact with molecules, our current hypothesis, which suggests life started alongside hydrothermal vents( which are pretty deep down). Based on this; is it not logical to assume there would be very little muon bias exposed to the early RNA and DNA?

  72. infinateU

    ah brilliant clip. if i had enough BAT coins from my BRAVE Browser i would pay/tip to view this clip.

  73. bcubed72

    You spin me right round, baby, right round

  74. Richard S

    Great! And by the way ” somewhere out there” – that is also a nice song.

  75. Baalus K

    Thalidomide would be another extreme example of medicinal molecule with toxic and beneficial properties depending on chirality

  76. BenBjornsen

    I wish I could afford to support you on patreon, but I wil buy a t-shirt soon. You sure are a wonderful person <3

  77. Glenn Davis

    That’s really interesting that they may have finally figured it out.
    I know they did experiments with the various chemical prototypes of DNA, and only resulted in clumps of organic matter (Muller-Frey).
    I always thought that it was the addition of external energy that led to true life existing on Earth.
    Does this mean all life “travels” clockwise. ;)

  78. Prince Ninurta

    Love your intro and outro music, they are perfect for this space channel, don’t change them :D

  79. Matthew Suffidy

    5:57 No problems taking that on an airplane!?

  80. day6creation breathing

    i thought i had it but when i asked “how do i get out of here?” it didn’t matter.

  81. Nick Gibson

    For those interested in more early earth life theories, check out nick lanes theories, super interesting stuff

  82. Sparky

    This explains the Star Trek episode, “Mirror, Mirror”, where they had the parallel universe, evil version of the Enterprise’s crew. “Evil Kirk”, “Evil Spock”, etc. …They had left handed molecules!

  83. Martial Borschel

    Hey Anton, thanks for making these videos! I look forward to seeing the updates from Mars in 30 years ^^. Keep at it!

  84. Wile CKoyote

    This vid has a high fun factor.
    Comment section is a good read too!
    Thx everybody!

  85. Guillaume Perez

    Mind: blown.

  86. sy 177

    6:08 thank me later

  87. Fermioncool Fermioncool

    Wasn’t the easy live started in the oceans, can the cosmic rays reach that far under the water?

  88. Shadowdeamon91

    I listen to Anton while playing elite dangerous ^.^ Stay Safe Wonderful Persons!!!!

  89. Devil'sAdvocate

    71 Views as I’m typing this… Damn. That’s early

  90. hugglescake

    I’m jealous of lefties. I really am.

  91. psyxypher

    …So you’re saying life on Earth IS a mutant superpower?
    That’s metal.

  92. Rick Dworsky

    Perhaps there was a similar phenomenon that created the preponderance of matter over anti-matter in the early universe?

  93. Adymn Sani

    this is early Earth for tomorrow’s viewers

  94. Kendal Bridges

    🐜 on you bring a smile to this American in these troubled times

  95. The Exoplanets Channel

    One day, humans will walk on *_Proxima b_*

  96. Dominique Z

    my grandpa had a stutter when he was young and forced right handed
    When he started being left handed dominant, the stutter went away 😀
    This video is neat

  97. Mephistahpheles

    Not every molecule has handedness. Simple stuff (like water, for example) can always be rotated to map directly onto any other water molecule.
    The more complicated a molecule, the more likely it does (but, even a massively complex molecule could theoretically have no handedness).
    (@2:19 Anton suggests they all do.)

  98. matty101yttam

    Cosmic rays->radiation->light->right handed
    no radiation->dark->left handed

    I knew left handed people are from the dark side.

  99. Alfred Sutton

    Most interesting topic you’ve covered so far, Anton. I’m going to have to look up the original paper and do some studying. When I was at university, this was considered THE biggest mystery in biochemistry. If this is REALLY TRUE, as opposed to another interesting but not-so-true hypothesis, this might be a game changer in our understanding of life on Earth, and perhaps life in the galaxy!
    Thank you for bringing this article to us today.

  100. Anton Petrov

    Several of you wonderful people mentioned there was a mistake with Limonene in the video.
    D-limonene (or R, + rotation, clockwise, right handed) is the terpene associated with the smell of citrus fruits (lemons, oranges, etc)
    L-limonene (or S, – rotation, anticlockwise, left handed) is the terpene associated with the smell of pine needles (mmm… pine needles)
    -Sean Michael Scully thank you for the detailed info

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