Arsenic Life Debate Part 2

| July 20, 2015

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This is a continuation from the previous assignment on the Arsenic Life Debate. I will attach the PDF of the Article. 

For this forum we will continue to examine a case study about the discovery of a bacterium capable of substituting arsenic for phosphorus in its DNA. The paper was controversial and subject to debate on very public forums such as twitter and blog posts. In this forum we will discuss the findings of the paper and examine the scientific review process. 

Read through the continuation of the case study which is attached. Answer the questions in the pdf and use the answers to help you answer the questions below. Write your post in a narrative format based on your answers to the questions. Original posts and replies are due by midnight EST on Sunday.

1) Given that Rosie used slightly different techniques to replicate Felisa’s work, does this refute the original arsenic life results?

2) What are some of the strengths and imperfections of the peer review system in science?

3) Once published, should science be debated in the public realm or should science be debated in a”closed discussion forum” among scientists until a consensus can be delivered to the public? Why?


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