- Life on Earth, and potentially other worlds, might have started after a unique fusion of amino acids with metal ions, say NASA researchers.
- And they were probably made possible thanks to a protein fragment possessing a spine of nickel-bonded nitrogen molecules.
- The peptide, dubbed ‘Nickelback’ in reference to its metal-bonded backbone, could now be used by space explorers as a marker to detect life on other planets.
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