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    Could interstellar ice provide the answer to birth of DNA?

    Could interstellar ice provide the answer to birth of DNA?

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0914152256.htm

    "Molecules brought to Earth in meteorite strikes could potentially be converted into the building blocks of DNA, researchers have shown"

    "Dr Clarke said: "We have demonstrated that the interstellar building blocks formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and glycolaldehyde can be converted in 'one-pot' to biologically relevant carbohydrates -- the ingredients for life.

    "This research therefore outlines a plausible mechanism by which molecules present in interstellar space, brought to earth by meteorite strikes, could potentially be converted into 2-deoxy-D-ribose, a molecule vital for all living systems.
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