Amino Acid Formation in Earth's Primitive Atmosphere

This experiment was designed to test a possible procedure toward the creation of amino acids, the building blocks of life. A conjecture was made of the early earth atmosphere and the possible variables which may have led to the production of amino acids. A simulation of a reducing atmosphere (specifically carbon dioxide, water vapor, hydrogen, and nitrogen) with periodic electrical discharges (simulated lightning) was used in this investigation. Unusual occurances were observed, including the production of a voltage within the atmosphere itself. Although the trials did not produce any detectable amino acids, a conclusion was drawn that these procedures were viable in producing amino acids over a longer period of time.

Research Done By:

Justin Hoffman

Erich Theiss