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Sweet! Astronomers spot sugar molecule that’s ingredient for life floating near star – The Washington Post August 29, 2012

Posted by sandyclaus in Drake Revisited.
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Glycolaldehyde is needed to form ribonucleic acid, or RNA, which is similar in function to DNA.

Jes Jorgensen of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, said Wednesday that the glycolaldehyde was likely formed by radiation from the star hitting even simpler molecules floating through space.

The star, called IRAS 16293-2422, is about 400 light years from Earth.

via Sweet! Astronomers spot sugar molecule that’s ingredient for life floating near star – The Washington Post.

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