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Selected Media Coverage of Strange Discovery: Bacteria Built with Arsenic Press Release

In a study that could rewrite biology textbooks, scientists have found the first known living organism that incorporates arsenic into the working parts of its cells. What's more, the arsenic replaces phosphorus, an element long thought essential for life. Read the press release...

Print/Web Coverage

New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/03/science/03arsenic.html?_r=1

BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11886943

CNN: http://articles.cnn.com/2010-12-02/us/nasa.extraterrestrial.life_1_arsenic-chemical-elements-nasa?_s=PM:US

CBC News: http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/12/02/bacteria-arsenic-dna-phosphorus-wolfe-simon.html

PBS: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/insidenova/2010/12/arsenic-life.html

KQED "Quest": http://www.kqed.org/quest/blog/2010/12/02/arsenic-bacteria/

NPR: http://www.npr.org/2010/12/03/131785452/Arsenic-Eating-Bacteria-Challenge-View-Of-How-Life-Works

Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/02/nasa-new-life-arsenic-bacteria_n_791094.html?ir=Green

Ars Technica: http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2010/12/bacteria-can-integrate-arsenic-into-its-dna-and-proteins.ars

The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2010/dec/03/arsenic-bacteria-alien-life

San Jose Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/san-mateo-county/ci_16763468?source=rss&nclick_check=1

The Sacramento Bee: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/12/03/3230326/mono-lake-microbe-can-use-arsenic.html

Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-new-york/arsenic-eating-bacteria-and-meteor-open-new-possibilities-for-alien-life

New Scientist: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19805-arseniceating-bacteria-point-to-new-life-forms.html

Wired: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/12/nasa-finds-new-life/

Popular Science: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-12/nasa-announces-strange-bacterial-behavior-raising-questions-alien-life-hunters

Discover Blogs: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2010/12/02/mono-lake-bacteria-build-their-dna-using-arsenic-and-no-this-isnt-about-aliens/

Space.com: http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/arsenic-bacteria-alien-life-101202.html

Nature News: http://www.nature.com/news/2010/101202/full/news.2010.645.html

The Scientist: http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/57851/

Bloomberg: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-02/arsenic-based-bacteria-may-assist-hunt-for-life-in-space-science-reports.html

Forbes: http://blogs.forbes.com/matthewherper/2010/12/03/why-those-cool-arsenic-bacteria-are-not-a-new-form-of-life/

Dissenting discussion:

Slate: http://www.slate.com/id/2276919/

Nature News: http://www.nature.com/news/2010/101207/full/468741a.html

CBS: http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/12/06/arsenic-microbe-dna-nasa-wolfe-simon.html?ref=rss#ixzz17P6UT100

 

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