Life on Earth shockingly comes from out of this world

From PhysOrg:

LifeonearthsEarly Earth was not very hospitable when it came to jump starting life. In fact, new research shows that life on Earth may have come from out of this world. Lawrence Livermore scientist Nir Goldman and University of Ontario Institute of Technology colleague Isaac Tamblyn (a former LLNL postdoc) found that icy comets that crashed into Earth millions of years ago could have produced life building , including the building blocks of proteins and nucleobases pairs of DNA and RNA. Comets contain a variety of simple molecules, such as water, ammonia, methanol and carbon dioxide, and an with a planetary surface would provide an abundant supply of energy to drive chemical reactions. “The flux of organic matter to Earth via comets and asteroids during periods of heavy bombardment may have been as high as 10 trillion kilograms per year, delivering up to several orders of Pmagnitude greater mass of organics than what likely pre-existed on the planet,” Goldman said.

More here. (Note: Will Francis Crick be finally vindicated for his theory of Panspermia as an explanation for life on Earth?)