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The type of apparatus used by Miller and Urey create an assumed primeval environment to generate life.

The type of apparatus used at the University of Chicago by Miller and Urey in 1953 in an attempt to simulate the creation of life. On the assumption that there was a reducing atmosphere in the early earth, it was demonstrated that a lightning-like discharge passed through a mixture of methane, ammonia, hydrogen and water could produce amino acids.

Credit: Astrobiology Magazine, 14 May, 2003, NASA