First detection of the pre-biotic molecule glycolonitrile (HOCH2CN) in the interstellar medium

@article{Zeng2019FirstDO,
  title={First detection of the pre-biotic molecule glycolonitrile (HOCH2CN) in the interstellar medium},
  author={S. Zeng and D. Qu'enard and I. Jim'enez-Serra and J. Mart'in-Pintado and V. Rivilla and L. Testi and R. Mart'in-Dom'enech},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  year={2019},
  volume={484}
}
Theories of a pre-RNA world suggest that glycolonitrile (HOCH$_2$CN) is a key species in the process of ribonucleotide assembly, which is considered as a molecular precursor of nucleic acids. In this Letter, we report the first detection of this pre-biotic molecule in the interstellar medium (ISM) by using ALMA data obtained at frequencies between 86.5$\,$GHz and 266.5$\,$GHz toward the Solar-type protostar IRAS16293-2422 B. A total of 15 unblended transitions of HOCH$_2$CN were identified. Our… Expand

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