...accidentally created life from scratch.
How did she manage to do this, when biochemists, after several decades of experimentation, have gotten no further than the Miller-Urey experiment of 1952
which produced amino acids?
Well, Aggie was carefully carrying a solution of water, methane, ammonia, and hydrogen cyanide to show the T.A., Rhizzie Ome, when another student tripped and reflexively grabbed her arm for support. They were both wearing woolen vests, the contact producing a static electrical spark ("And that was the only spark produced," she later told Penny, who just rolled her eyes and kissed her)
which passed into the solution just as Aggie's forward momentum spilled it into Rhizzie's kid's model volcano. In yanking it away, Rhizzie hit the switch by mistake and it erupted. The spilled reddish gooey blob then split, before the class's eyes, into two. Then those two split into two, and so on. Then they each developed nuclei and flagella and began swimming along the floor.
Aggie and the clumsy classmate helped Rhizzie scoop up the oddly large unicellular organisms, and the T.A. did a molecular analysis on one of them. Then she went and got her advisor, Prof. Mony Era, who examined the results of this bizarre sequence of events.
"This is a... most atypical result for a non-science track freshman class," said the professor at last.
"Is that... a good thing?" said Aggie.
"I'm not at all sure. This from-scratch organism could be benign to humans. It could be useful to us. It could also be harmful, even deadly. And because it's so large and reproduces so quickly, we'd best contain it immediately."
"A-all right," said Aggie's classmate. "Anyway, my apologies again, Prof. Era, Rhizzie."
"Likewise," said Aggie, "but class is over, so we'd better get g--"
no," said the professor, snapping and pointing her fingers. "No one leaves until we get the local CDC folks in here to verify these buggers won't cause an epidemic of some horrible new disease. As of now, we're under quarantine."
An hour later, experts from the local Center for Disease Control office arrived and poked around at the organisms, now carefully sealed within a hood. They found that the reddish blobby creatures were in fact...