January 4th, 2012 | Category: Blogs, Microbiology | Leave a comment

The online, arsenic lab. book

There was plenty of controversy generated at the end of 2010 by the suggestion that a particular Halophilic bacteria (GFA-J1) could incorporate arsenic into DNA in place of phosphorous. But perhaps the most interesting outcome was not the research itself, but the online response. One of these responses takes the form of an online lab. blog book from Canadian researcher Rosie Redfield in which she details her attempts to replicate the results reported in the original paper.

Those efforts are continuing. Her blog however is not only a fascinating experiment in crowd-sourcing but a great comfort for wet-lab scientists struggling to keep their organism of choice alive. You are not alone! This is how science works. It is therefore essential reading for frustrated budding new scientists learning the ropes.

This open science approach, and the post-peer-review, peer-review process led Rosie Redfield to be declared one of the ten most influential people of 2011 by Nature magazine.

Go. Investigate her blog.

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