Snails with right-handed shells cannot mate with those with left-handed ones. But you can predict the presence of oil in a location by looking at their ratios.
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Charles Stirling gave the 1992 Christmas Lectures "Our World Through the Looking Glass" about the role of chirality in our highly symmetrical world.
His second lecture, where this clip is from, focuses predominantly on things that appear symmetrical at first glance, but are actually deeply asymmetrical in their nature, such as humans.
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