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The arsenic-life affair - challenges of scientific discourse in a new media age

Tom Clynes has written a thorough article about Felisa Wolfe-Simon, the scientist who published a hotly debated paper on the discovery of a microbe that could survive on arsenic in place of phosphorus, one of the elements considered essential for all life. In the article Clynes looks at all sides of the story from how NASA handled the press conference for the announcement to how Wolfe-Simon's peers strongly reacted to her findings using new media.

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