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Is Phosphorous the Key to Life?

Scientists have discovered new evidence that one element–phosphorous–could be essential to creating life anywhere in the universe and it could be scarce.

Oxygen, carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen are the so-called bulk elements that make up our muscles and organs, and that we need a lot of to stay alive. But phosphorous is equally as important.

It is the key that provides our genetic make up–DNA and RNA–and our ATP, how we store and use energy. So is life in the universe rarer than we think? Or might there be other alien elements out there creating life we don’t understand? Host Maren Hunsberger explains further in this edition of Seeker.

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