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The amino acids combine with each other like the links of a chain to form a long protein chain.Proteins contain from 50 to several hundred amino acids.In turn, proteins are composed of folded strands of 20 different smaller subunits called "amino acids".

Thus, because of the rate problem, this dating technique must rely on other dating techniques to standardize its findings.Even the process of preparing a specimen for racemic dating can affect the D/L ratio.For example, consider that neither the structure nor the proportion of the amino acids used for dating coral, ostrich eggshell, or snail shells is known. Using"Amino acid dating cannot obtain the age of the material purely from the data itself.Gould and Goodfriend used this to date some snails.Now, my question is, what's the chance that an amino acid will shift to the D form in say, one year. I suppose it may depend on heat and pressure, but this dependence can also be measured.

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