Interstellar chemical resembles building blocks of life

Newfound molecule has branched structure akin to amino acids’

Sagittarius B2

MOLECULAR FOG  Sagittarius B2, the bright orange-red region left of center in this radio-infrared image, is a cloud of dust and gas around 26,000 light-years from Earth. It may host complex chemicals that are fundamental to life.

ESO/APEX, MSX/IPAC/NASA

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