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Did Comets Kickstart Life on Earth? — Speaking of Chemistry

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That's right. Comets may have helped seed life on Earth. Far out, right? Sarah Everts has the chemical clues that back up this out-of-this-world hypothesis. ↓↓More info and references below↓↓

Comet collisions may have helped seed life on Earth | C&EN
http://cen.acs.org/articles/94/i15/Comet-collisions-helped-seed-life.html

Philae Probe Sniffs Out Comet's Chemistry | C&EN
http://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i31/Philae-Probe-Sniffs-Comets-Chemistry.html

Amino acids from ultraviolet irradiation of interstellar ice analogues | Nature
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v416/n6879/full/416403a.html

Apologies to Paul Wild, who discovered the comet Wild 2 along with several others. His last name is pronounced Vilt.

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