2008 News

November 25, 2008
First detection of glycolaldehyde outside the Galactic Center
With the IRAM Plateau de Bure interferometer an international team of scientists has detected for the first time outside the Galactic center the simplest of the monosaccharide sugars: glycolaldehyde. The importance of this organic molecule remains in the fact that it can react with propenal to form ribose, a central constituent of RNA, and is, therefore, directly linked to the origin of life...
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