Life on Earth did not emerge on its own. While the conditions needed for life were provided by the planet, the primordial ingredients needed for life came from deep space. Analysis of samples of asteroid Rygyu has confirmed that life came to Earth from space.
Scientists said on Tuesday they detected uracil and niacin in rocks obtained by the Japanese Space Agency’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft from two sites on Ryugu in 2019. Uracil is one of the chemical building blocks for RNA, a molecule carrying directions for building and operating living organisms. Niacin, also called Vitamin B3 or nicotinic acid, is vital for their metabolism.
A portion of a protein that may hold the key to identifying planets on the edge of supporting life has been discovered by a group of Rutgers researchers working to identify the earliest beginnings of metabolism, the set of fundamental chemical events that originally powered life on Earth.
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