You may not have heard of the Miller-Urey experiment, but it makes an appearance in virtually every high school biology textbook. Basically, it shows that sending a small jolt through an atmosphere like that of early Earth sparks the production of certain key amino acids that are necessary for life. The problem is that since the experiment was developed in 1954, we've learned a lot more about what early Earth was like, and have realized that Miller-Urey doesn't tell us as much as we thought it did. Now, a new take on the experiment might clarify the origins of life even further.
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Written by Curiosity Staff April 27, 2017
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