how did organic molecules arise? explain with the help of an experiment.
- water (H2O
- methane (CH4)
- ammonia (NH3) and
- hydrogen (H2)
- but no oxygen
He hypothesized that this mixture resembled the atmosphere of the early earth. (Some are not so sure.) The mixture was kept circulating by continuously boiling and then condensing the water.
The gases passed through a chamber containing two electrodes with a spark passing between them.
At the end of a week, Miller used paper chromatography to show that the flask now contained several amino acids as well as some other organic molecules.In the years since Miller's work, many variants of his procedure have been tried. Virtually all the small molecules that are associated with life have been formed.
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