Cyanide In Meteorites May Hold Clues To The Origin Of Life
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Cyanide In Meteorites May Hold Clues To The Origin Of Life

Cyanide and carbon monoxide are both deadly poisons to humans, but compounds containing iron, cyanide, and carbon monoxide discovered in carbon-rich meteorites by a team of scientists at Boise State University and NASA may have helped power life on early Earth. The extraterrestrial compounds found in meteorites resemble the active site of hydrogenases, which are enzymes that…