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Meteorite yields life origin clue

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posted on Dec, 2 2006 @ 06:35 PM
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The Tagish Lake meteorite collected in 2000 is starting to show amazing results.


(BBC)-Hollow spheres found in a primordial meteorite could yield clues to the origin of life on Earth.

Scientists say that "bubbles" like those in the Tagish Lake meteorite may have helped along chemical processes important for the emergence of life. news.bbc.co.uk...



The globules could also be older than our Solar System - their chemistry suggests they formed at about -260C, near "absolute zero". news.bbc.co.uk...



Analysis of the bubbles shows they arrived on Earth in the meteorite and are not terrestrial contaminants.

These hollow spheres could have provided a protective envelope for the raw organic molecules needed for life. news.bbc.co.uk...



"The organic molecules most likely originated in the cold molecular cloud that gave birth to our Solar System, or at the outermost reaches of the early Solar System."
news.bbc.co.uk...




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