Space-like conditions give rise to metabolic precursors

Jessie-May Morgan writes about a hot ChemComm article for Chemistry World

Mimicking interstellar conditions, a team of scientists at NASA has synthesised complex organic molecules thought to be necessary for the origin of life.

Understanding how simple compounds gave rise to the complex organic molecules and metabolic processes we see in today’s biology is one of the greatest conundrums of modern scientific endeavour. Now, Karen Smith and co-workers at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, US, allow us a peek into life’s molecular past with their latest research.

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Read the original journal article in ChemComm:
Metabolic precursors in astrophysical ice analogs: implications for meteorites and comets
Karen E. Smith, Perry A. Gerakines and Michael P. Callahan 
Journal Article
Chem. Commun., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC03272E, Communication

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