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This module offers a simulation of the classic origin of life experiment as originally performed by Stanley Miller and Harold Urey in 1953. The user selects chemicals, "sparks" the mixture, and finds out what was produced in the resulting "soup." The site also offers two video explanations of the original experiments by Stanley Miller.

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- Life Sciences
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Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 2000 California Space Institute
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Keywords: Stanley Miller experiment, abiogenesis, amino acids, biochemistry, building blocks of life, chemistry of life, evolution, life on Earth, life origin, origin of life, primordial soup, primordial soup
Record Cloner: Metadata instance created August 22, 2011 by Caroline Hall
Record Updated: Aug 18, 2020 by Lyle Barbato
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May 30, 2006
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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

1. The Nature of Science

1B. Scientific Inquiry
  • 6-8: 1B/M1b. Scientific investigations usually involve the collection of relevant data, the use of logical reasoning, and the application of imagination in devising hypotheses and explanations to make sense of the collected data.

5. The Living Environment

5F. Evolution of Life
  • 9-12: 5F/H1. The basic idea of biological evolution is that the earth's present-day species are descended from earlier, distinctly different species.
  • 9-12: 5F/H8. Life on earth is thought to have begun as simple, one-celled organisms about four billion years ago. Once cells with nuclei developed about a billion years ago, increasingly complex multi-cellular organisms evolved.

11. Common Themes

11B. Models
  • 6-8: 11B/M4. Simulations are often useful in modeling events and processes.
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(California Space Institute, La Jolla, 2000), WWW Document, (
Miller-Urey Experiment - Simulating the "Recipe of Life" (California Space Institute, La Jolla, 2000), <>.
APA Format
Miller-Urey Experiment - Simulating the "Recipe of Life". (2006, May 30). Retrieved June 23, 2024, from California Space Institute:
Chicago Format
California Space Institute. Miller-Urey Experiment - Simulating the "Recipe of Life". La Jolla: California Space Institute, May 30, 2006. (accessed 23 June 2024).
MLA Format
Miller-Urey Experiment - Simulating the "Recipe of Life". La Jolla: California Space Institute, 2000. 30 May 2006. 23 June 2024 <>.
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@misc{ Title = {Miller-Urey Experiment - Simulating the "Recipe of Life"}, Publisher = {California Space Institute}, Volume = {2024}, Number = {23 June 2024}, Month = {May 30, 2006}, Year = {2000} }
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