DNA Building Blocks Can Be Made in Space

  • Released Monday, August 8, 2011

NASA-funded researchers have evidence that some building blocks of DNA, the molecule that carries the genetic instructions for life, found in meteorites were likely created in space. The research gives support to the theory that a "kit" of ready-made parts created in space and delivered to Earth by meteorite and comet impacts assisted the origin of life.

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  • DNA Building Blocks Can Be Made in Space (ID: 2011084)
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 4:00AM
    Produced by - Brendan Antiochos (NASA)