Recognizing life in the Solar System : guidance from meteoritic organic matter

  title={Recognizing life in the Solar System : guidance from meteoritic organic matter},
  author={Mark A Sephton and Oliver Botta},
In the next decade, numerous space missions will attempt to detect organic matter on planets and other objects in the Solar System. Recognizing carbon-based life or its remains will be a fundamental goal of future missions. In preparation, studies of organic matter in meteorites are enabling scientists how to discriminate between biogenic and abiogenic materials. Received 27 October 2005, accepted 9 November 2005 
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