Amino Acid


Organic molecule that is essential for protein formation. Potential evidence for life when found on other planets, or in meteorites. The photograph shows a sample of the Murchison Meteorite, a well studied carbonaceous chondrite that hit just North of Murchison, Australia in 1969. In addition to being very old (~5 billion years old), the meteorite is rich in carbon based compounds such as amino acids.



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