Key Building Blocks for Life Discovered in Cloud Near Center of Our Galaxy

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Key precursors for life on Earth are abundant in interstellar molecular clouds and could have arrived on Earth inside comets and meteors. Nitriles, a class of organic molecules with a cyano group (a carbon atom bound with a triple unsaturated bond to a nitrogen atom) are typically toxic. But paradoxically, they are also a key precursor for molecules essential for life on Earth, such as ribonucleo...

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