Universe  ID: 10810

DNA Building Blocks Can Be Made in Space

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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Keywords:
NASA Science >> Universe
SVS >> Nucleobase
SVS >> Astrobiology
DLESE >> Narrated
SVS >> Hyperwall
SVS >> DNA
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Solid Earth >> Rocks/Minerals >> Meteorites
DLESE >> Mineralogy or petrology
SVS >> HDTV
DLESE >> Geology
SVS >> Asteroid

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0