“Interstellar Origins of Life” –Cosmic Clouds Harbor Building Blocks of DNA

Horsehead Nebula

 

“This result could be key to unraveling fundamental questions for humankind, such as what organic compounds existed during the formation of the solar system and how they contributed to the birth of life on Earth,” says Yasuhiro Oba of Hokkaido University’s Institute of Low Temperature Science and leader of the experiment shows that one of the basic units of life—nucleobases—could have originated within giant gas clouds interspersed between the stars.

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