pivazena: I was at a conference where one of the authors on the new (refuting) paper (Rosie Redfield) presented her methods vs. NASAs. It sounds like NASA had a postdoc who didn't really know molecular biology but had an idea of how to test the arsenate theory, and, absent close scrutiny, did a pretty good experiment. However, she (and the research team) failed to account for trace amounts of phosphate in her growth media, and it turns out (from the refuting study) that these trace amounts of phosphate were sufficient to get the bacteria to grow.The tragic thing is this woman isn't accepting that her results are false, and in the mean time all of the PIs who were co-authors on the paper are abandoning her, even though any molecular biologist worth his/her salt should have seen this mistake. Really more of a painful lesson in the groupthink of science than anything else.//cautionary tale...
pivazena: The tragic thing is this woman isn't accepting that her results are false
entropic_existence: including Rosie Redfield.
pivazena: Really more of a painful lesson in the groupthink of science than anything else.
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