Crucial Ingredient of Life Might Not Exist Across Universe, Scientists Discover

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If you were going grocery shopping with plans to whip up life, you’d know to stock up on the equivalent of a chocolate chip cookie recipe’s eggs and chocolate chips: It’s easy to remember you need water and carbon.

  • Meghan Bartels
  • Newsweek

But just as you may forget to check your supply of baking soda, the less obvious ingredients of life—like phosphorus—may slip your mind.

Fos 1aPhosphorus is a crucial piece of DNA and the compounds that store energy.

A cookie without baking soda doesn’t quite taste right, but life as we know it without phosphorus simply stops.

That’s why Jane Greaves, an…

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