Stardust to Stardust

Michael sends notice of this article from the BBC News science desk:

Hollow spheres found in a primordial meteorite could yield clues to the origin of life on Earth.

Scientists say that “bubbles” like those in the Tagish Lake meteorite may have helped along chemical processes important for the emergence of life.

The globules could also be older than our Solar System – their chemistry suggests they formed at about -260C, near “absolute zero”…

Analysis of the bubbles shows they arrived on Earth in the meteorite and are not terrestrial contaminants.

These hollow spheres could have provided a protective envelope for the raw organic molecules needed for life.

I think the headline “meteorite yields life origin clue” may be overstating the case a bit, but the presence of organic compounds is interesting, particularly if they’re of the biochemically keen variety.

What would really be cool is if, by cracking open the meteorite, the scientists had inadvertently unleashed a deadly plague upon all of us. Bad scientists, bad!

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