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Astronomers Detect Pre-Biotic Molecule Glycolonitrile in Space

13 Mar 2019, 02:38 UTC
Astronomers Detect Pre-Biotic Molecule Glycolonitrile in Space ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/L. Calçada (ESO) & NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team

Glycolonitrile is an important molecule for life as it is thought to be a precursor to adenine, one of the four constituent bases of nucleic acids. Mechanisms for the formation of glycolonitrile in the cold interstellar medium of space have been theorised, but the molecule itself had never been directly detected in space until now.

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