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Microbial ‘Starstuff’

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Famed astronomer and writer Carl Sagan said in his book Cosmos: “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” And so are microbes, we must add. To understand the significance of this statement, it is worth first learning about stars and their explosive death, the supernova.

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