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2-Methylnaphthalene is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH).
On February 22, 2014,
NASA announced a greatly upgraded database  for detecting and monitoring PAHs, including 2-methylnaphthalene, in the  universe. According to NASA scientists, over 20% of the carbon in the universe may be associated with PAHs, possible starting materials for the formation of life. PAHs seem to have been formed shortly after the  Big Bang, are abundant in the universe,   and are associated with  new stars and exoplanets. 
biodegrade 2-methyhlnaphthalene in anaerobic conditions.  
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