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Glycine in Space produced by Dark Chemistry

InterCat researchers participate in experiments demonstrating that glycine, the simplest amino acid, can be formed under conditions that are typical for those regions in interstellar space where new stars and planetary systems form.

19.11.2020 | Karin Vittrup

Glycine in Space produced by Dark Chemistry

An international team of laboratory astrophysicists, in part active within INTERCAT, have shown that glycine, the simplest amino acid and an important building block of life, can form under the harsh conditions that govern chemistry in space. The results have been published this week in Nature Astronomy and show that glycine and very likely other amino acids are formed in dense interstellar clouds, well before these transform into new stars and planets.

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