Print version: Smith, Michael. Methods of non-[alpha]-amino acid synthesis. Boca Raton : CRC Press,  xx, 204 pages ISBN 9781466577893
Includes bibliographical references
"Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. The most common are alpha-amino acids based on their molecular structures, but other structures are possible (such as beta and gamma). Most books on amino acids focus on alpha-amino acids, but this book describes the many other amino acids, many of which are also critically important in biology. In addition, non-alpha-amino acids are used as chiral ligands in many catalysis reactions and are useful starting materials for the synthesis of important natural and non-natural products"-- Provided by publisher..