RNA Was the First Genetic Molecule

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Can organic molecules come from a pre-biotic environment? Stanley Lloyd Miller proved it is possible when exactly the right conditions exist. Learn about his experiment and the other experiments later building off of it that changed the course of scientific knowledge. Scholars read details, view animations, watch videos, and learn about the scientists behind each discovery.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Go into more detail on the current research on the origins of life
  • Share images of the amino acids in both L- and D-forms
Classroom Considerations
  • Relies on prior knowledge of RNA, DNA, and evolution
  • Includes an applied problem demonstrating understanding
  • Offers many extension ideas
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