Cyanide-Laced Meteorites May Have Seeded Earth’s First Life

By Stephanie Pappas Cyanide isn’t just the last resort for the captured spies of Hollywood film. It’s also a crucial component of the early chemistry of life. And now, new research finds that cyanide might have ridden to Earth on meteorites. Samples of a particular group of primitive meteorites — including a large one that fell near …