Scientists Try To Recreate The Building Blocks Of Life
Scientists have been trying to replicate the conditions necessary for the origin of life on Earth and now a team from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany released the results of their study of how RNA may have been at the root of it.
DNA carries the genetic code that determines physical characteristics while RNA acts as a messenger for DNA by spreading the proteins throughout the body.
Lead researcher, chemist Thomas Carell says, “We now have a pathway that would allow us to use simple molecules that were likely present on the early Earth.”
They suggest that a comet crashing into a newly formed Earth could have reacted with existing compounds on Earth and this mix could have created RNA, a building block of the origin of life.
They are now in the process of trying to replicate RNA themselves by using the four elements necessary for the creation of RNA molecules: uracil, cytosine, adenine and guanine.