GreenTracker| Nearly 60 years ago Stanley Miller conducted an experiment showing the ‘primordial soup’, the synthesis of organic compounds thought to be important in igniting life on planet Earth. Five years later, he produced samples in conjunction with another experiment but never returned to them in his lifetime. Stanley Miller died in 2007.
In an amazing unfolding of historical serendipidity, more than 50 years later, a former student of Miller named Jeffrey Bada, a current Scripps Institution of Oceanography,UC San Diego professor of marine chemistry, discovered precious vials in Miller’s laboratory.
The result is a potential breakthrough in understanding the origin of life on Earth, resulting from a new analysis of the precious Stanley Miller vials using technology not available decades ago.
The new findings support the case that volcanoes — a major source of atmospheric hydrogen sulfide today — accompanied by lightning converted simple gases into a wide array of amino acids, which are were in turn available for assembly into early proteins. via Science Daily
This is a science article worth reading. Chemists are gearing up to repeat Miller’s classic experiments this year. With decades of new research behind them, researchers believe that Stanley Miller’s 1958 ‘primordial’ mix of ingredients was dead on correct. “With modern equipment including a miniaturized microwave spark apparatus, experiments that took the elder researcher weeks to carry out could be completed in a day.”