"Molecule Spotted Near Sun-Like Star"For the first time, astronomers have discovered sugar—one of the building blocks of life—in a gas cloud near a star. The simple molecule, calledglycolaldehyde, is essential to the formation ofribonucleic acid(RNA), which is present in all living cells. The 10,000-year-old star, known as IRAS 16293-2422, is similar to the Sun and is approximately 400 light-years from Earth. Scientists believe the glycolaldehyde may have been formed as a result of the star's radiation hitting even simpler molecules.More ... Discuss" Source: Left hand column for today. Source: In the News provided byThe Free Dictionary http://www.thefreedictionary.com/lookup.htm, accessed 30 Aug 2012
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Deuterated glycoaldehyde: laboratory measurements, analysis and proposed astrophysical research
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