Iso-propyl cyanide has been detected in a star-forming cloud 27,000 light-years from Earth.
Its branched carbon structure is closer to the complex organic molecules of life than any previous finding from interstellar space.
It’s not an amino acid or anything, just the most complex molecule involving elements necessary to life that has been found to date.
Better not invest in advance alien civilizations or flying saucer technology based on this.
See also: Can all the numbers for life’s origin just happen to fall into place?
Origin of life: Could it all have come together in one very special place?
Maybe if we throw enough models at the origin of life… some of them will stick?
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