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Princeton Team Casts More Doubt On Arsenic DNA Claims 57

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 @12:22PM (#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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