Prof James Hough from the University of Glasgow discusses how the universe and astronomy can give us an insight into the origins of life on earth, where we came from and how its all connected.
The origin of life on Earth remains one of the key questions for science, and the discovery of several hundred exoplanets planets has raised the possibility of discovering life elsewhere in the next few decades.
The origin of all the elements is now well understood, however, there is a long-standing puzzle associated with the asymmetry of life on Earth. All the amino acids, the building blocks of our proteins, have a left-handed configuration. How this asymmetry, which appears to be an essential pre-requisite for life, originated has remained a mystery for ~150 years.
Polarization measurements of star-forming regions has led to the idea that the asymmetry was introduced into prebiotic molecules during the formation of the solar system.
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