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Cold Sugar in Space Provides Clue to the Molecular Origin of Life

09/29/2004 12:00AM

Cold Sugar in Space Provides Clue to the Molecular Origin of Life

Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's giant Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have discovered a frigid reservoir of simple sugar molecules in a cloud of gas and dust some 26,000 light-years away, near the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. The discovery suggests how the molecular building blocks necessary for the creation of life could first form in interstellar space.


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