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


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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