How can chirality effect yield?

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How can chirality effect the Useful yield of a reaction?

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A chiral molecule is a molecule that is the mirror image of the other molecule (or "enantiomer") If you synthesize a chiral chemical, you may have to discard half of your batch because it is the wrong mirror image, or wrong enantiomers. There is a 50% chance of a molecule ending up right handed instead of left-handed, for instance, in most chemical synthesis. Therefore, it affects the useful yield by reducing what is useful at the chemical plant.

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