Did Life On Earth Begin In Outer Space?

According to researchers in Italy, the molecules that kick-started life on primordial Earth could have been made in space and delivered by meteorites. The group synthesised sugars, amino acids and nucleobases with nothing more than formamide , meteorite material and the power of a simulated solar wind, replicating a process they believe cooked up a prebiotic soup long before life existed on Earth. Formamide is a simple organic compound first suggested as a starting material for the formation of prebiotic biomolecules back in 2001 .