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What's the Point?

The NASA arsenic bacterium story has blogger Hannah Waters wondering why science stories sometimes get overhyped and "out of hand," and she says she's come to the conclusion that researchers feel the need to be "purposeful" while doing their work. Many scientists, herself included Waters says, are more interested in understanding the biological processes of an organism, not because it will be of use to mankind, but because they simply want to know that's going on.

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