Complex macroscale structures formed by the shock processing of amino acids and nucleobases -- implications to the origins of life

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dc.contributor.author Surendra, V. S
dc.contributor.author Jayaram, V
dc.contributor.author Karthik, S
dc.contributor.author Vijayan, S
dc.contributor.author Chandrasekaran, V
dc.contributor.author Thombre, R
dc.contributor.author Thiruvenkatam, Vijay
dc.contributor.author Raja Sekhar, B. N.
dc.contributor.author Bhardwaj, A
dc.contributor.author Jagadeesh, G
dc.contributor.author Reddy, K P J
dc.contributor.author Mason, N J
dc.contributor.author Sivaraman, B
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-29T06:04:58Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-29T06:04:58Z
dc.date.issued 2019-06
dc.identifier.citation Thiruvenkatam, Vijay et al., "Complex macroscale structures formed by the shock processing of amino acids and nucleobases -- implications to the origins of life", arXiv, Cornell University Library, DOI: arXiv:1906.05958, Jun. 2019. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://arxiv.org/abs/1906.05958
dc.identifier.uri https://repository.iitgn.ac.in/handle/123456789/4589
dc.description.abstract The building blocks of life, amino acids and nucleobases, are believed to have been synthesized in the extreme conditions that prevail in space starting from simple molecules containing hydrogen, carbon, oxygen and nitrogen. However, the fate and role of amino acids and nucleobases when they are subjected to similar processes largely remains unexplored. Here we report, for the first time, that shock processed amino acids and nucleobases tend to form complex macroscale structures. Such structures are formed on timescales of about 2 ms. This discovery suggests that the building blocks of life could have polymerized not just on Earth but on other planetary bodies. Our study also provides further experimental evidence for the 'threads' observed in meteorites being due to assemblages of (bio)molecules arising from impact induced shocks.
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Vijay Thiruvenkatam et al.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Cornell University Library en_US
dc.subject Earth and Planetary Astrophysics en_US
dc.title Complex macroscale structures formed by the shock processing of amino acids and nucleobases -- implications to the origins of life en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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