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Fraser
2004-Jan-09, 05:00 PM
SUMMARY: New research from astrobiologists suggests that some of the building blocks for life could have formed early on in the Earth's oceans if simple minerals, like borax, were present. A chemical called ribose is a key component of RNA and DNA, which are required by all forms of life on Earth. It was originally thought that ribose was too unstable to form unless it's kept cold, but the scientists found that it could bond to various chemicals, in borate and remain usable.

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