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


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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