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November 1962

Transactions of the Society for Pediatric Research: Thirty-Second Annual Meeting, Atlantic City, N.J., May 8-10,1962

Am J Dis Child. 1962;104(5):504-578. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1962.02080030506006

2. Synthesis of Amino Acids and Polypeptides Under Possible Primitive Earth Conditions.Charles U. Lowe and Maurice W. Rees,* Agricultural Research Council Virus Research Unit, Cambridge, England.

The origin of life on earth has beguiled both ancient and modern scientists. Several modern theories propose to explain magmatic synthesis, but none is susecptible of proof. Any compelling theory must explain the coeval synthesis and organization of a variety of substances under primitive terrestrial conditions. Evidence suggests the primeval atmosphere was a reducing one, rich in NH3 and HCN. Spectra of comets and the atmosphere of the more distant planets thought to have a cosmic age similar to that of the earth when life began indicate the presence of these gasses. We have examined in detail some of the numerous products resulting from interaction in aqueous solutions of NH4OH and HCN.

We have confirmed the report by Oro

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