A Reassessment of Prebiotic Organic Synthesis in Neutral Planetary Atmospheres

@article{Cleaves2007ARO,
  title={A Reassessment of Prebiotic Organic Synthesis in Neutral Planetary Atmospheres},
  author={Henderson James Cleaves and John H. Chalmers and Antonio Lazcano and Stanley L. Miller and Jeffrey L. Bada},
  journal={Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres},
  year={2007},
  volume={38},
  pages={105-115}
}
The action of an electric discharge on reduced gas mixtures such as H2O, CH4 and NH3 (or N2) results in the production of several biologically important organic compounds including amino acids. However, it is now generally held that the early Earth’s atmosphere was likely not reducing, but was dominated by N2 and CO2. The synthesis of organic compounds by the action of electric discharges on neutral gas mixtures has been shown to be much less efficient. We show here that contrary to previous… Expand
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