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December 8, 2010
NASA's Arsenic Bacteria: A Call For Follow-Up Experiments
Since the posts here on the possible arsenic-using bacteria have generated so many comments, I'd like to try to bring things together. If you think that the NASA results need shoring up - and a lot of people do, including me - please leave a comment here about what data or new experiments you'd want to see. I'll assemble these into a new post and try to get some attention for it.
The expertise among the readership here is largely in chemistry, so it would make sense to have suggestions from that angle - I assume that microbiologists are putting together their own lists elsewhere! I know that several readers have already put forward some ideas in the comment threads from the earlier posts - I'll go back and harvest those, but feel free to revise and extend your remarks for this one.
So, the questions on the table are: do you find the Science paper convincing? And if not, what would it take to make it so?
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