Aminoacetonitrile, H2NCH2CN, has been sought for
in the interstellar medium for a long time since it is a possible precursor
of aminoacetic acide, aka glycine, the simplest amino acide.
Very recently, it finally has been detected in the famous massive
star-forming region Sagittarius B2(N) in the course of a molecular
line survey in the 3mm frequency domain with additional observations at
2 and 1 mm carried out with the IRAM 30m radiotelescope
supplemented with interferometric observations using ATCA and PdB:
A. Belloche, K. M. Menten, C. Comito, H. S. P. Müller, P. Schilke, J. Ott, S. Thorwirth, and C. Hieret,
Detection of Aminoacetonitrile in Sgr B2(N)
Astron. Astrophys. 482, (2008) 179196.
Astron. Astrophys. 492, (2008) 769773.
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