NASA: Building Blocks Of DNA Come From Space

delightfulsWill Mormonism’s creation theory of the seed of humanity arriving on Earth from a distant planet turn out to be proved totally true? Geekosystem writes:

NASA researchers studying meteorites have found that they contain several of the components needed to make DNA on Earth. The discovery provides support for the idea that the building blocks for DNA were likely created in space, and carried to Earth on objects, like meteorites, that crashed into the planet’s surface. According to the theory, the ready-made DNA parts could have then assembled under Earth’s early conditions to create the first DNA.

The researchers, from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, found adenine and guanine — two of the nucleobases needed to make DNA (the other two are thymine and cytosine, which were not found) — on meteorite samples. Additionally, the samples showed the presence of three molecules that are similar to nucleobases, but do not have a biological role on Earth: Purine, 2.6-diaminopurine, and 6.8-diaminopurine. Hypoxanthine and xanthine, compounds used in biological processes, but not DNA, were also found. What is particularly significant about the new research is that the scientists were able to confirm that the biological parts were created in space and carried to Earth.

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22 Comments on "NASA: Building Blocks Of DNA Come From Space"

  1. Umm, everything Earth is made of  came from space… It’s like the whole debate of whether the water outgassed from within the mantle or was deposited later by comets… It all came from space at some point guys.

  2. Anarchy Pony | Aug 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm |

    Umm, everything Earth is made of  came from space… It’s like the whole debate of whether the water outgassed from within the mantle or was deposited later by comets… It all came from space at some point guys.

  3. Er, I sorta thought that earth itself was made from stuff from outer space. This is a real “duh” moment for many.

  4. Er, I sorta thought that earth itself was made from stuff from outer space. This is a real “duh” moment for many.

  5. Liquidself | Aug 10, 2011 at 8:17 pm |

    Why go to the Mormons theory, when panspermia is already out there in scientific circles?

  6. Liquidself | Aug 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm |

    Why go to the Mormons theory, when panspermia is already out there in scientific circles?

  7. TheLastSkeptic | Aug 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm |

    Building blocks of DNA came from space, sure.  Earth did not have any materials to build DNA on it before that, nope.  Not possible.  Only an asteroid could have had those building blocks on it, amiright?  A magic asteroid that provides a better environment for complex molecules than a whole planet… what kind of moronic logic is this?  You guys will fall for anything if it props up “humans are alien seed” horsepoo.

  8. TheLastSkeptic | Aug 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm |

    Building blocks of DNA came from space, sure.  Earth did not have any materials to build DNA on it before that, nope.  Not possible.  Only an asteroid could have had those building blocks on it, amiright?  A magic asteroid that provides a better environment for complex molecules than a whole planet… what kind of moronic logic is this?  You guys will fall for anything if it props up “humans are alien seed” horsepoo.

    • Anarchy Pony | Aug 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm |

      Well, they are just saying the more basic kinds of organic compounds but not actual cells or DNA.

    • just so everyone is clear, and make no mistake– do your own research on this, because i dont remember where i saw it– but i believe there was a group of scientists in the fifties that came up with the idea that life is an in-bred state of matter. When they took components of soil devoid of organic matter and shot it through a machine that emulated the early stages of our earth, it (over time) created three of the four main “building blocks of life.” not that i remember which three, or can recall any of the four… But, stating that this had to occur elsewhere on another planet at a bacterial level and travel here is rediculous. it could just as easily have happened here.

  9. Well, they are just saying the more basic kinds of organic compounds but not actual cells or DNA.

  10. I wouldn’t give the Mormons all the credit for an idea that is a scientific backbone of our origins. People for get that we’re dealing with an infinitely large multiverse…and they also don’t quite grasp what infinite means.

    What it means is that on a long enough timeline…anything…no matter how unlikely in the short term…becomes a near certainty. In effect…if there was only one chance in trillions of all the right components for life to come together in one place at one time…on a timeline involving countless millenia…it was going to happen somewhere eventually. We were guaranteed to come into being and have this discussion…not because an all knowing God meant it to be so…but because inevitability came into play…and we just happened to be the result.

  11. I wouldn’t give the Mormons all the credit for an idea that is a scientific backbone of our origins. People for get that we’re dealing with an infinitely large multiverse…and they also don’t quite grasp what infinite means.

    What it means is that on a long enough timeline…anything…no matter how unlikely in the short term…becomes a near certainty. In effect…if there was only one chance in trillions of all the right components for life to come together in one place at one time…on a timeline involving countless millenia…it was going to happen somewhere eventually. We were guaranteed to come into being and have this discussion…not because an all knowing God meant it to be so…but because inevitability came into play…and we just happened to be the result.

  12. why is it always about “proving” some religion wrong? whooo the f caressss.  interesting information. 

  13. why is it always about “proving” some religion wrong? whooo the f caressss.  interesting information. 

  14. Holy fucking ghost | Aug 11, 2011 at 6:53 pm |

    No. the building block for life came from me. Now pay up you deadbeats before i replace you with monkeys with 6 digits and less emotional problems 

  15. Holy fucking ghost | Aug 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm |

    No. the building block for life came from me. Now pay up you deadbeats before i replace you with monkeys with 6 digits and less emotional problems 

  16. This just in……………everything came form everywhere! Report at 11!

    Dipshyts.

  17. This just in……………everything came form everywhere! Report at 11!

    Dipshyts.

  18. Anonymous | Aug 25, 2011 at 11:11 pm |

    Considering a great many people in the US still believe man was sculpted from the dirt and woman from his rib, this is only a “duh” moment for those of us already on the rationality bandwagon. Every little finding like this, and its subsequent coverage in the press, helps chip away at the non-sensical denial of science thus far.

    And as for the Mormon line, I’m sure (or hope) it was tongue-in-cheek, but I don’t like giving them any credit for anything like this. At all. Even jokingly. Their idea has nothing to do with the science NASA is describing.

  19. Anonymous | Aug 25, 2011 at 7:11 pm |

    Considering a great many people in the US still believe man was sculpted from the dirt and woman from his rib, this is only a “duh” moment for those of us already on the rationality bandwagon. Every little finding like this, and its subsequent coverage in the press, helps chip away at the non-sensical denial of science thus far.

    And as for the Mormon line, I’m sure (or hope) it was tongue-in-cheek, but I don’t like giving them any credit for anything like this. At all. Even jokingly. Their idea has nothing to do with the science NASA is describing.

  20. just so everyone is clear, and make no mistake– do your own research on this, because i dont remember where i saw it– but i believe there was a group of scientists in the fifties that came up with the idea that life is an in-bred state of matter. When they took components of soil devoid of organic matter and shot it through a machine that emulated the early stages of our earth, it (over time) created three of the four main “building blocks of life.” not that i remember which three, or can recall any of the four… But, stating that this had to occur elsewhere on another planet at a bacterial level and travel here is rediculous. it could just as easily have happened here.

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