Astrobiology: Part of RNA Built in the Lab

Uracil rna

Astrobiologists have built Uracil, a component in RNA, in space-like conditions in the lab.

“We have demonstrated for the first time that we can make uracil, a component of RNA, non-biologically in a laboratory under conditions found in space,” said Michel Nuevo, research scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center. “We are showing that these laboratory processes, which simulate occurrences in outer space, can make a fundamental building block used by living organisms on Earth.”

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