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When NASA astrobiologist Felisa Wolfe-Simon released a study in December 2010 that described a bacterium that seemed to grow on arsenic and incorporate it into its DNA, researchers were at first amazed. Some, however, were skeptical, and tried to replicate Wolfe-Simon's work.

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