Study: Physicists Discover First Extraterrestrial Protein Known to Man Inside Meteorite
A team of physicists in the US believe they may have discovered the first extraterrestrial protein known to man, within a meteorite that fell to Earth some three decades ago.
If verified, the find – which has yet to be peer-reviewed – would be the latest in a series of milestones bringing us closer to discovering extraterrestrial life. Ribose, a type of sugar found in RNA, was recently identified on a meteor.
Physicist Malcolm McGeoch, who works for the PLEX Corporation – which specializes in making superconductors for x-ray machines – used mass spectrometry techniques on a meteorite