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DNA

This is generated by the cooking process, from the methane and ammonia via the magic molecule Hydrogen Cyanide. For example, adenine can easily be seen to be five (count 'em) HCN fragments:

NC1=NC=NC2C1N=CN2

Once you have the four bases, these can be linked up into RNA or PNA, depending on your preference. Then you have the stuff of life!

The above process using ammonia, methane, and an electric discharge to produce amino acids is based on Stanley Miller's experiment in which he ran an electric discharge through a mixture of water vapor, hydrogen, methane, and ammonia. About a 10% yield of biological compounds, such as sugars, amino acids, etc. were found. Sidney Fox heated a solution of amino acids and protocells were formed. Protocells were considered "quasi-life"; although they could not be classified as cells, they divided and grew.

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