2021-06-09

Scientists have detected ethanolamine in space for the first time! Essential to the origin of life on earth

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The website of the Spanish Council for Advanced Scientific Research reported that researchers from the Spanish Center for Astrobiology have detected the presence of ethanolamine in space for the first time. Researchers believe that this discovery is extremely important for studying the evolution of Earth’s cells. Related articles have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Researchers used the radio telescope located in mainland Spain to investigate the molecular cloud G + 0.693-0.027 near the center of the Milky Way Galaxy Observations were made and the presence of ethanolamine was detected. Ethanolamine contains four elements:oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen. It is a part of the phospholipid molecules of cell membranes and is essential to the origin and early evolution of life on earth. Researchers believe that the impact of meteorites on the earth may transfer a large amount of ethanolamine from space to the earth, thus providing the basis for the early cell evolution of the earth.