Carbonaceous meteorites as a source of sugar-related organic compounds for the early Earth
|Title||Carbonaceous meteorites as a source of sugar-related organic compounds for the early Earth|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2001|
|Authors||Cooper, George, Kimmich Novelle, Belisle Warren, Sarinana Josh, Brabham Katrina, and Garrel Laurence|
|Pagination||879 - 883|
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At least one sugar and a variety of sugar derivatives (polyols) have been found in the Murray and Murchison carbonaceous meteorites. The idea that extraterrestrial material may have played a role the origin of life on Earth stems in large part from the previous discovery of amino acids in these meteorites, and the presence of polyols adds weight to the argument. The sugar has been identified as dihydroxyacetone, which can readily yield higher sugars including ribose (as in an 'RNA world') in aqueous solution with minerals, and the polyols include glycerol, a constituent of all cell membranes.