IMG_0172Researchers are trying to identify the amino acids that might form the basis of alien life. Amino acids are the building blocks that make proteins and support all life on earth. The researchers are testing amino acids under extreme conditions to mimic environments on other planets, tracking what types could lead to extraterrestrial life.  Amino acids, which forms chains that are used to make proteins, could have developed differently to meet the challenges of extraterrestrial conditions, or conditions not found on Earth The researchers, based at Valparaiso University in Indiana, analyzed how 15 different amino acids – some found on Earth in living organisms, and some not found in living organisms – are affected by extreme conditions found on the other planets and moons…..Read More