What were the results of the Miller-Urey experiment?

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Aug 15, 2016

Modern abiogenesis hypotheses are based largely on the principles of Oparin - Haldane theory and the Miller- Urey experiment.


American chemists Harold Urey and Stanley Miller , combined warm water with water vapour, methane , ammonia and molecular hydrogen. These were pulsed with electrical discharges . These components were meant to simulate the primitive ocean, prebiotic atmosphere , heat and lighting.

A week later they found that simple organic molecules such as amino acids had formed.

Thus the Miller- Urey experiment successfully produced molecules from inorganic components thought to have been present on prebiotic earth.