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Sludge In Flask Gives Clues To Origin of Life
3/22/2011

Sciencehabit writes "In the 1950s, rocket engineer Stanley Miller conducted a series of experiments in which he zapped gas-filled flasks with electricity. The most famous of these, published in 1952, showed that such a process could give rise to amino acids, the domicile blocks of proteins. But a later experiment, conducted in 1958, sat on the shelf--never analyzed by Miller. Now, scientists have gone back and analyzed the sludge at the bottom of this flask and found even more amino acids than before--and better attestation that lightning and volcanic gasses may have helped create life on Earth."



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