Organic compounds found on asteroid and meteorite challenge ideas of where organic molecules formed

Carbon is often referred to as “the bedrock of life” because the element appears in all known life forms. This is because the sixth entry on the periodic table has the unique ability to form the complex molecules needed to form so-called “organic” matter. As such, when scientists search for signs of life beyond Earth, one of the first things they do is search for organic compounds — that is, matter which has carbon and could therefore support life....

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