Ingredients to DNA Discovered in Interstellar Space! Cosmic Origin of Life Didn’t that renowned scientist Joni Mitchell point out that “we are star dust, we are golden” about 40 years ago? Also, check out the conditionals here:
Scientists were able to discover a molecule that is thought to be a precursor to a key component in DNA and another that may have a role in the formation of the amino acid alanine
Sooo – we’re not betting the farm, here? And that isn’t even exactly right – using cutting edge technology (read: technology whose results are not necessarily verifiable by other technology), scientists were able to detect absorption or emission lines in the spectra of a giant cloud of gases located about 25,000 light-years away from Earth, near the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, that correspond to some slightly complex chemicals that show up in some other more complex chemicals that show up in living things.
The concluding paragraph, after more breathless speculation:
That said, these molecules are merely intermediate stages in a multi-step chemical process that eventually leads to a biological molecule. Currently, the scientists are undergoing further experiments to better understand how these reactions work. Yet it could be that these tiny grains could potentially hold the key to life on different planets.
“Yet it could be that these tiny grains could potentially hold the key to life on different planets.” The exact schedule for alien invasion is still being worked out? OK, then. So I should just figure on showing up for work tomorrow?