By M. C. Beaton
During this 6th pleasant time out Agatha travels to the north of Cyprus, simply to deal with her estranged fiance, an egregious team of really poor travelers, and a string of murders as hot because the Greek sun."
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Efforts have been made to produce the sulcur-bearing amino acids methionine a n d cysteins by adding hydrogen sulfjde. But so far, these attempts have failed. The reported results of thermal synthesis of amino acids from a simulated primitive atmosphere have been challenged. Lawless and Boyntonlu repeated the experimental procedure described by Harada a n d Fox, a n d identified the products by more sophisticated means. As table 3-5shows, only six amino acids were unequivocally identified, of which only glycine, alanine, and aspartic acid were types found in proteins.