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Stanley Miller and His Experiments

Reflections on the World's Most (In)famous Origin-of-Life Experiment

Some time back, we were recoding a series of new episodes for our podcast I Didn't Know That!. (This is the program where members of the RTB scholar team answer your email questions.) One of the queries directed to me referred to the famous Miller-Urey experiment.

The listener wanted to know if we had any lay-friendly articles that explained why scientists no longer consider this experiment relevant to the origin-of-life question. My answer: We sure do. In fact I have written several articles on Stanley Miller and his origin-of-life experiments for our Today's New Reason to Believe (TNRTB) Web feature, as some of you regular readers probably already know. But for those less familiar with TNRTB, I thought I would reprise these articles.

And here they are:

Biology Textbooks Get It Wrong on Life's Origin

Ask Not for Whom the Bell Tolls

Miller-Urey Redo

It turns out that these are three of the most liked articles I've written for our website. I hope you find them useful.

Subjects: Prebiotic Chemistry

Dr. Fazale Rana

In 1999, I left my position in R&D at a Fortune 500 company to join Reasons to Believe because I felt the most important thing I could do as a scientist is to communicate to skeptics and believers alike the powerful scientific evidence—evidence that is being uncovered day after day—for God’s existence and the reliability of Scripture. Read more about Dr. Fazale Rana