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UH Manoa Researchers Discover Elemental Origins Of Life On Martian Rock

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Researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa NASA Astrobiology Institute have discovered a key ingredient for the development of life in a meteorite from Mars.

Boron, a chemical element believed to have played a key role in the formation of RNA, was identified in Martian rocks found in Antarctica.

From Nature World News:

Using the ion microprobe in the W. M. Keck Cosmochemistry Laboratory at the University of Hawaii, the team was able to analyze veins of Martian clay in the meteorite that, after ruling out contamination from Earth, they determined contained