Synthesis of a Sulfur-Containing Amino Acid under Simulated Prebiotic Conditions

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Science  08 Mar 1968:
Vol. 159, Issue 3819, pp. 1108-1109
DOI: 10.1126/science.159.3819.1108


Ultraviolet irradiation of an aqueous solution of ammonium thiocyanate produces the sulfur-containing amino acid methionine. Synthesis of this class of biocompound fills another important gap in development of an overall picture of how prebiological chemistry may have evolved on primitive Earth.