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ALMA Finds Ingredient of Life Around Infant Sun-like Stars

8 Jun 2017, 10:00 UTC
ALMA Finds Ingredient of Life Around Infant Sun-like Stars ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2/L. Calçada

ALMA has observed stars like the Sun at a very early stage in their formation and found traces of methyl isocyanate — a chemical building block of life. This is the first ever detection of this prebiotic molecule towards solar-type protostars, the sort from which our Solar System evolved. The discovery could help astronomers understand how life arose on Earth.

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