Cyanoacetylene in Prebiotic Synthesis

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Science  11 Nov 1966:
Vol. 154, Issue 3750, pp. 784-785
DOI: 10.1126/science.154.3750.784


Cyanoacetylene is a major nitrogen-containing product of the action of an electric discharge on a mixture of methane and nitrogen. It reacts with simple inorganic substances in aqueous solution to give products including asparticacid, asparagine, and cytosine.