Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Peer Review Again: NASA arsenic based life and the bloggers

A critique of the Science paper by NASA investigators saying that they have discovered a new form of life that does not use phosphorous in the DNA nucleotides has been published on a Blog by a researcher in the field. The response from NASA is to put their fingers in their ears and to say they are not listening because it is not criticism from a peer reviewed journal. This is exactly the same as the authors of "The Spirit Level" who also refused to respond to criticism that was not in peer reviewed journals.

Here is a wired article discussing the NASA response and comparing it to the arguments made by the Church in pre-enlightenment times. I especially like the title - The Wrong Stuff.

The Guardian has an interesting story tracker following events

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