Uracil: NASA Reproduces A Building Block Of Life In Laboratory

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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NASA scientists studying the origin of life have reproduced uracil, a key component of our hereditary material, in the laboratory. They discovered that an ice sample containing pyrimidine exposed to ultraviolet radiation under space-like conditions produces this essential ingredient of life.

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