Early Building Blocks of Life

Links To Early Building Blocks of Life Found

Scientists have found clues to cosmic link, for the creation of amino acids the building blocks of life. In a journal published by Nature Geoscience a definitive link has been drawn to the basic building blocks of life connecting to ice comet.

The teams from Imperial College London, University of Kent and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory worked on the research that suggests amino acids are formed during the collisions of icy comets with the planet. To study the impact and chemical reactions during the comet collisions, the team recreated the impact using high speed gun with ice compressed gas projectile at speeds of 7.15 kilometers per second impacting a target of ice mixtures. Creation of glycine and D-and L-alanine that makes up Amino acids where recorded during the impact study.

Dr Zita Martins, co-author of the published research paper said “Our work shows that the basic building blocks of life can be assembled anywhere in the Solar System and perhaps beyond,”

For the spark of life from the basic building blocks all other conditions should be present along with Amino acids. Dr Zita Martins also added that “However, the catch is that these building blocks need the right conditions in order for life to flourish. Excitingly, our study widens the scope for where these important ingredients may be formed in the Solar System and adds another piece to the puzzle of how life on our planet took root,”

With the growing voices in Government demanding cut in space research projects and launches, the team highlighted the importance of continued support for space and cosmic research.

Physical chemist, Nir Goldman said “Amino acids have very basic starting materials — you need some kind of carbon source like methane or carbon dioxide, a nitrogen source like ammonia, and water ice,”

“When we got the results, I was like, ‘What do you mean it worked?'” said Price. “It wasn’t that I disbelieved Nir Goldman’s theory, but it raised some eyebrows in the lab. But we got repeatable results, and that’s when we were finally convinced it was working.”

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