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November 03, 2011

Methanol Leading to Life

Scientists at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have panned through years of data to find places in outer space that have very good chances for complex organic formation. Their technique for doing this was to search for methanol. Methanol is important in the combining of organic molecules to make complex life. The researchers discovered that the key holders of methanol were younger stars, and that as much as 30 percent of the ices around these stars contain methanol. Obviously there's always some search for life outside our own planet going on. However, I have never heard of scientists looking for methanol to lead to life, so I thought it was worth posting.

Read the full article at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111102190028.htm

Posted by sjbar at November 3, 2011 10:04 PM


This sure is worth posting and before reading it I thought each type of organic molecule is equally potential to breed primitive life. What's special about methanol is probably that it is the simplest organic molecule to have a hydroxyl in it.

Posted by: wangrt at November 12, 2011 07:28 PM

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