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Princeton Team Casts More Doubt On Arsenic DNA Claims 57

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An anonymous reader writes "A team of researchers reports they can't reproduce the most important claim from 2010's controversial 'arsenic bacteria' paper — they find no arsenic in the bug's DNA. Meanwhile, other scientists are looking at different aspects of the bug and at arsenic in biology in general."
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Princeton Team Casts More Doubt On Arsenic DNA Claims

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  • Re:Science! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by vlm (69642) on Tuesday January 24, 2012 @11:22AM (#38806443)

    I never understood how some people were so incredibly aggressively against the team that made the claim. This is how science works!

    Its sounds like a classic theorist vs experimentalist battle. The experimentalists are trying to think up all kinds of fun ways to disprove her new theory, because its a pretty wide ranging theory so there is an extremely wide front to attack.

    You see a theorist "makes points" by coming up with interesting theories, which she has certainly done. But an experimentalist "makes points" by coming up with interesting experiments, and there sure are a lot of interesting possible experiments to perform in this very wide ranging theory...

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