Journal of Molecular Evolution

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 179–183 | Cite as

Amino acids in a carbonaceous chondrite from Antarctica

  • R. K. Kotra
  • Akira Shimoyama
  • Cyril Ponnamperuma
  • P. E. Hare
Article

Summary

A carbonaceous chondrite from the Antarctic, referred to as the Allan Hills meteorite 77306, appears to be free from terrestrial organic contamination. The presence of both protein and non-protein amino acids and an equal abundance of D- and L-enantiomers of amino acids, is testimony to the extraterrestrial nature of these compounds.

Key words

Carbonaceous chondrites Allan Hills meteorite Antartic meteorites Amino acids D, L-enantiomers 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. K. Kotra
    • 1
  • Akira Shimoyama
    • 1
  • Cyril Ponnamperuma
    • 1
  • P. E. Hare
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Chemical Evolution, Department of ChemistryUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.Carnegie Institution of Washington Geophysical LaboratoryWashington, D.C.USA

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