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Could amino acids predate stars and planets themselves?


In recent years, scientists have found amino acids and proteins — the building blocks of life as we know it — on pristine space rocks, suggesting that the biomolecules can form in space.

Now, new research published in the journal Nature Astronomy shows that those amino acids could, theoretically, even predate stars and planets themselves. In fact, it finds, they can form in the vacuum of space without needing any energy — a phenomenon termed “dark chemistry.”
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https://futurism.com/the-byte/building-blocks-life-form-deep-space

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That's interesting.
It means the necessary molecules for life don't have to form on planets and then get blasted off those planets by impacts to make their way to other planets.
They can form in a vacuum just about anywhere.

That increases the odds of life being pretty much everywhere in the universe.
I'm still hoping they'll find sure signs of past or present life on Mars.
We need to get some samples back to Earth and a lab.
Maybe that will happen in 2026.

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