02 Dec '10 23:47>
Big, big news.
Originally posted by FabianFnasThe reason for carbon is this: Carbon can make many many times the kinds of molecular bonds, its closest neighbors can only make simpler bonds so silicon could make life probably, it didn't win out here because carbon gets to make more complex material for life.
If I've understood it correctly, these bacteria uses Arsenic instead of Phosphorus, in DNA, in ATP, in proteins and elsewere. Very alien if you ask me.
Is the aminoacids in the DNA the same, the ACTG blocks that define the genetic information? Does it code for the same proteins as our DNA do?
I have had a feeling that when life first showed itself o ...[text shortened]...
This is very interesting. Anyone who knows more about this, please give us more information!