Thursday, November 12, 2009

NASA discovery makes the origins of life a little less mysterious

Where did the building blocks of life come from? At least one could have been created when ice containing pyrimidine was showered with ultraviolet radiation in outer space. (Astrobiology Magazine via Slashdot) When NASA scientists zap a chunk of ice with pyrimidine in a chamber creating space-like conditions, they end up with "uracil," "a key component" in RNA, which is "central to protein synthesis" in living things.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.