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    Could interstellar ice provide the answer to birth of DNA?

    Could interstellar ice provide the answer to birth of DNA?

    "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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    If you are interested in astrobiology there is a decent course on Coursera run by Prof. Charles Cockell from Edinburgh University. I did it a while ago. It is reasonably current but missing the very latest (like the Pluto mission).
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