Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Exobiology Gets a Boost

A news story from Fox indicates that glycine, a required amino acid for the foundation of life has been found...on a comet. The story notes:

The new finding, which has been accepted for publication in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science, also has implications for finding alien life.

"The discovery of glycine in a comet supports the idea that the fundamental building blocks of life are prevalent in space, and strengthens the argument that life in the universe may be common rather than rare," said Carl Pilcher, director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, which co-funded the research.

NASA's Stardust spacecraft captured samples of gas and dust from Wild 2 in 2004. The material parachuted to Earth in 2006. Since then, scientists around the world have been analyzing the samples to learn the secrets of comet formation and our solar system's history.

Just for the sake of argument, I would love to know how such a sample was collected without contamination. Assuredly NG would have taken precautions to that effect. Likely, that will come out in the journal publication because that will be the first question that everyone will ask.

If this is the case, it knocks the legs out from under another creationist argument—that life did not form in this way, from a "primordial soup." Keep in mind that this, in no way, undermines the possibility that God still created life. It simply means that there is yet more evidence that it happened in a way that is not compatible with the YEC model.

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  1. Anonymous1:20 AM

    Apparently they tested the carbon 13 in the sample and found that the rate differed from what would be expected if the amino acid had its origin on earth. Seems reasonable.

  2. It does. I will still feel better once I have the article.