The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) announced the discovery of a complex molecule important to life in the Sagittarius B2 cloud: Iso-propyl cyanide. Other complex organic molecules such as ethyl formate vinyl alcohol have been located in space. However, iso-propyl cyanide is the first with a branched carbon backbone, a feature similar to the amino acids that form the protein “building blocks” of life.
Read more about the discovery at BBC.
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