Astronomers discover complex organic matter in the universe.

Organic compounds of unexpected complexity exist throughout the universe, Prof. Sun Kwok and Dr. Yong Zhang of the University of Hong Kong have discovered, suggesting that complex organic compounds can be synthesized in space even when no life forms are present.
The  organic substance they found contains a mixture of aromatic (ring-like)  and aliphatic (chain-like) components that are so complex, their  chemical structures resemble those of coal and petroleum. Since coal and  oil are remnants of ancient life, this type of organic matter was  thought to arise only from living organisms.
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Astronomers discover complex organic matter in the universe.

Organic compounds of unexpected complexity exist throughout the universe, Prof. Sun Kwok and Dr. Yong Zhang of the University of Hong Kong have discovered, suggesting that complex organic compounds can be synthesized in space even when no life forms are present.

The organic substance they found contains a mixture of aromatic (ring-like) and aliphatic (chain-like) components that are so complex, their chemical structures resemble those of coal and petroleum. Since coal and oil are remnants of ancient life, this type of organic matter was thought to arise only from living organisms.

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