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Cracking How Life Arose on Earth May Help Clarify Where Else It Might Exist

Cracking How Life Arose on Earth May Help Clarify Where Else It Might Exist

A unique theory about how life arose on Earth may reveal clues to whether and where else it might have arisen in the universe.

Does life exist elsewhere or is our planet unique, making us truly alone in the universe?  Much of the work carried out by NASA, together with other research agencies around the world, is aimed at trying to come to grips with this great and ancient question.

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