The 1953 Stanley L. Miller experiment: Fifty years of prebiotic organic chemistry

Citation:
Lazcano, A, Bada JL.  2003.  The 1953 Stanley L. Miller experiment: Fifty years of prebiotic organic chemistry. Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres. 33:235-242.

Date Published:

Jun

Keywords:

discharges, electric, prebiotic chemistry, reducing atmosphere, Strecker synthesis

Abstract:

The field of prebiotic chemistry effectively began with a publication in Science 50 years ago by Stanley L. Miller on the spark discharge synthesis of amino acids and other compounds using a mixture of reduced gases that were thought to represent the components of the atmosphere on the primitive Earth. On the anniversary of this landmark publication, we provide here an accounting of the events leading to the publication of the paper. We also discuss the historical aspects that lead up to the landmark Miller experiment.

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DOI:

10.1023/a:1024807125069