We have reported the first search for glycine in a solar type protostar. Our search was unsuccessful and provides an upper limit for the glycine column density of cm-2 in the cold envelope and consequently to the glycine abundance of . In the hot core, our upper limit on the glycine abundance is worse because of the beam dilution: . We discussed briefly that these observations already challenge a recently published model of glycine formation in the gas phase (Chakrabarti & Chakrabarti 2000). Deeper searches directed towards solar type-protostars may, however, still detect traces of glycine, as we have not yet reached the confusion limit, like in the case of massive protostars (Combes et al. 1996).
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Online publication: October 30, 2000