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Terrestrial Origins and Evolution
Phosphorus nitride contains two of the five most necessary molecules for
life - phosphorus and nitrogen. Phosphorus is a component of ATP
(adenosine triphosphate), which is vital for metabolism in living
organisms on Earth. It is also a critical component of DNA and RNA.
Until now, astronomers have found very little phosphorus or ion molecule
chemistry in outflows from cool stars.
Credit: Molecular Research Institute
01/14/09

 



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