Carbonaceous meteorites as a source of sugar-related organic compounds for the early Earth

@article{Cooper2001CarbonaceousMA,
  title={Carbonaceous meteorites as a source of sugar-related organic compounds for the early Earth},
  author={George W. Cooper and Novelle Kimmich and Warren Belisle and Josh Sarinana and Katrina Brabham and Laurence Garrel},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2001},
  volume={414},
  pages={879-883}
}
The much-studied Murchison meteorite is generally used as the standard reference for organic compounds in extraterrestrial material. Amino acids and other organic compounds important in contemporary biochemistry are thought to have been delivered to the early Earth by asteroids and comets, where they may have played a role in the origin of life. Polyhydroxylated compounds (polyols) such as sugars, sugar alcohols and sugar acids are vital to all known lifeforms—they are components of nucleic… Expand
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