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glycine

(Gly, G)
(smallest of the twenty common amino acids)

Glycine (Gly or G) is the smallest of the twenty amino acids commonly found in proteins, with formula NH2CH2COOH. Glycine is biosynthesized in the body and is not essential to diet. It has been discovered in meteorites and comets. Some believe it present in the interstellar medium and similar molecules have been observed in molecular clouds.


(chemistry,biology,life,amino acid,compound)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murchison_meteorite
https://rosetta.jpl.nasa.gov/rosetta-science-blog/detection-glycine-comet-67p/churyumov-gerasimenko

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