Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Arsenic-consuming bacteria story roiling the waters

The scientific debate over last Science article on the discovery of bacteria that consume arsenic to build their DNA, has gone viral with harshly worded criticism's soaring around the blogosphere and into major public news media. Three ASU researchers are co-authors on the study, which has drawn world wide scientific and public attention, much of the latter confused over the nuances of the study. But critics are blasting the techniques used in the study and NASA for hyping the story in a way that fueled the misperceptions. This is turning into a major imbroglio.

Last week's NASA press conference is posted on YouTube.

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