Words, even meaningless words, have the power to create their own virtual realities in our minds.
There are some biologists, such as Richard Dawkins, who still pin their faith in ideas which have resulted only in blankly negative experimental results.
In the 17th century, medical pioneer Sir William Harvey and Italian scientist Francesco Redi both proved the untenability of spontaneous generation.
Scientifically speaking, the Miller experiment was a non-starter. Then when the atmosphere they used was called into question, the icon was doubly dead.
It is an interesting finding, but as Wells explains, it is far from the first problem discovered with the experiment, nor the most serious one.