Biochemistry & Organic Chemistry

Could There Be Life Without Carbon? (video)

By Keith Cowing
American Chemical Society
May 23, 2019
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Could There Be Life Without Carbon? (video)
Could There Be Life Without Carbon?
American Chemical Society

One element is the backbone of all forms of life we’ve ever discovered on Earth: carbon.

Number six on the periodic table is, to the best of our knowledge, impossible to live without. In this episode of Reactions, discover what makes carbon so exceptional, its nearly infinite capabilities and intergalactic implications:

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