Essential molecule for life spotted floating in space for first time

The centre of the galaxy

The centre of the galaxy as seen in infrared light by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope


An important component of amino acids known as carbonic acid has been spotted in space for the first time.

Carboxylic acids, of which carbonic acid is an example, form the backbone of amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. Carbonic acid also plays a key part in our breathing system, transferring carbon dioxide from the blood to our lungs so we can exhale it, and has a crucial role in atmospheric and geological processes, …

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