Help: Miller Spark Discharge Experiment (Chemical Evolution)
ianv at vianet.on.ca
Wed Feb 14 17:19:40 EST 1996
Fellow students, teachers, and scientists,
I am looking for any info I can get on the Harold Urey/Stanley Miller
SPARK DISCHARGE EXPERIMENT first performed in 1953. The experiment was a
lab simulation of primeval conditions on the earth, investigating the
chemical origins of life.
In brief, methane ammonia, hydrogen and water were circulated in a
apparatus and sparked by high voltage current. After some time, Miller
discovered amino acids and other basic life elements present in the final
**I would appreciate it if anyone could provide me with a LAB PROCEDURE
for this experiment, or point me in the right direction (like where to
order it). Procedure for testing for presence of amino acids in a liquid
are also needed. All we have right now is picture of the apparatus with
basic descriptions. Even ³small² details would be great.
We are attempting to recreate the Miller experiment in a high school up
here in Northern Ontario. Again, ANY help with how to carry out the
Miller experiment would be greatly appreciated! Thanks...
Ian Vaithilingam <ianV at vianet.on.ca>
Biochemistry Dept (student)
O¹Gorman High School
Timmins, ON, Canada
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