Thursday, May 24, 2007

In honor of Stanley Miller

Stanley Miller is famous for his groundbreaking experiment in the 50's, where he recapitulated the atmospheric conditions of the young earth, added some water and some UV light and created amino acid, thereby showing that the components of life can be created abiotically. He was also an advocate of the peptidic origin of life (as opposed to the RNA). He passed away this week. He was one of the scientists that truly inspired me when I was very young, and the inspiration for Amino-Rx.


Bayman said...

I also remember reading about the Miller experiment in my high school biology textbook, and remember thinking it was one of the coolest pieces of evidence from the evolution of the actual lab experiments that pertain to evolution...anyway the guy had some serious science balls that is hard to come by these days, although Lasker winner Jack Szostak at Harvard is doing a good job following in his footsteps in his efforts to create the synthetic cell.