Asteroid shows seeds of life
Molecules crucial for the formation of life on Earth have been found on the asteroid Ryugu.
Uracil, one of the four molecules found in ribonucleic acid (RNA), was detected by researchers studying the sample, as well as niacin, otherwise known as vitamin B3.
The team says that the discovery strongly suggests that such molecules of prebiotic interest, commonly formed in carbonaceous asteroids such as Ryugu, were delivered to early Earth.
The full study is accessible here.