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Refutation Rumble


A team of NASA researchers published a paper in Science in December 2010 in which they described a microbe called GFAJ-1 that they said could substitute arsenic for phosphorus in a percentage of its DNA backbone. But University of British Columbia microbiologist Rosie Redfield begged to differ and did so publicly on her blog, RRResearch. After careful examination, Redfield and many of her colleagues in the microbiology community were alarmed by the methods used in the paper, and found evidence that contamination may have occurred.

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