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The so-called Fine tuned model of the universe asserts that any small change in several of the dimensionless fundamental physical constants would make the universe radically different (and hence one in which life as we know it could not exist). I suggest here that there may be molecules which epitomize the same principle in chemistry. Consider for example dimethyl formamide. The NMR spectra of this molecule reveal that at room temperature, the two methyl groups are inequivalent, indicating that the rate constant for rotation about the C-N bond has a very particular range of values at the temperatures at which most living organisms exist on our planet.