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Can somebody with organic chemistry give his/her best analysis of some fictional compound found in "The X-Files"? (link of photo inside).

Asked by luigirovatti (2866points) March 15th, 2022

The photo is posted here:

https://imgur.com/a/MB1yiP3

One of the characters said it MIGHT be a synthetic protein. But this is a show, so the analysis was rather quick. What do YOU think?

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Zaku's avatar

Try asking on chemistry.stackexchange.com, and let us know what they say.

luigirovatti's avatar

They say it’s a generic description of a tripeptide. Nothing more.

Zaku's avatar

Kind of like how almost every computer screen shown when someone is doing computer research or hacking on US TV is ABSOLUTE BULLSHIT.

RocketGuy's avatar

All for fun though

Zaku's avatar

For fun?

RocketGuy's avatar

Makes the movie flow in the desired manner.

Caravanfan's avatar

It’s a tripeptide. That’s three amino acids attached together.

Zaku's avatar

@RocketGuy Oh, so they wanted us to laugh out loud and think about how preposterous and thoughtless the plot is when that happens?

LuckyGuy's avatar

If I recall in the original Star Trek there was a brief shot of the Periodic Table of Elements on the wall somewhere. That flash made me think how clever they were by accepting that ther were undiscovered elements
I just did a quick seach and found this version of the chart. Star Trek Periodic Table . They had filled out the 7th row (orbital) and were working on the eighth. There were elements yet undiscovered even in the future.
I found that clever and inspiring.

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