New approach developed for creating the building blocks of life

January 21, 2014 2:27 PM

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A new safer and simplified method for creating amino acids and other compounds in the laboratory from simple small molecules that were present at the time simple life forms first developed on Earth has been developed by Eric Parker and his group from the Georgia Institute of Technology, researchers from NASA, and scientists from the Tokyo Institute of Technology according to a report in the Jan. 21, 2014, edition of the Journal of Visualized Experiments.

The researchers have developed technology similar to the experiments originally conducted by Dr. Stanley Miller and Dr. Harold Urey in 1953. Miller and Urey were successful in creating amino acids from simple organic and inorganic molecules.

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